The Grays Harbor County commissioners approved a slimmed-down budget Monday that contains 47 fewer positions than the one approved a year ago, according to The Daily World of Aberdeen.
The commissioners approved a 6.4 percent cut to next year’s operating budget, spending about $23.2 million, compared with the $24.8 million spent this year. The goal had been a 10 percent cut, but some departments weren’t required to cut as much, and new, optimistic revenue projections from budget director Rose Elway made up the difference.
“This is my first budget, and some people are questioning my sanity for coming into this position at this time,” Commissioner Terry Willis said. “We just hope the good news comes in soon.”
Last-minute union concessions eliminated layoffs to the Sheriff’s Office, except for longtime jail superintendent Dave Christensen.
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The commissioners approved a merger of the district courts, closing the court in Aberdeen and moving it to Montesano.
The number of county employees will be at its lowest level in more than a decade. In 2000, there were 414 employees. Last year, there were 412. At the start of next year, there will be 365.