Clallam plans budget update later this month
By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
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The three-member board gave notice that 18 supplemental appropriations — new revenue that wasn’t part of the budget — and two budget reductions will be adopted by March 26.
Commissioners also set a March 26 public hearing on 23 debatable budget emergencies, some of which were triggered by the supplemental appropriations.
The county budget is updated every quarter under a long-standing policy.
Most of the changes are for money anticipated the previous year and received in the current year.
“Our procedures and our policies call for our budget director and myself to work with each of the county officials in each of these departments and look at these things, make sure that they are valid and meet all of our requirements,” County Administrator Jim Jones told Commissioners Mike Chapman, Jim McEntire and Mike Doherty.
“And then they go ahead and do it, waiting for your approval quarterly rather than approving as we go along.”
The only budget reductions were $78,145 for a modification to the county’s pay-or-appear program in District Court 1 and a $64,096 reduction for pay-or-appear in probation.
“Essentially, we’re not doing pay-or-appear on infractions, but we are on criminal,” Jones said.
“We anticipate a little less revenue.”
In other board action, commissioners inked contracts with Peninsula Behavioral Health to provide psychiatric and mental health services to unfunded clients and behavioral health services to juveniles.
The total amount of the contracts was $455,982.
The agreements came as recommendations from the county Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Fund Advisory Board.
“These are just the contracts that really go with the discussion we had back in December approving the various contracts, and they’re finally ready to be signed,” Jones said.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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