Jefferson commissioners approve budget requests for third quarter

Additional revenue, grants help offset various expenditures

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Commissioners approved more than $176,000 in supplemental appropriations, updating the county’s budget for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023.

The additional appropriations reflect changes in expenditures made by various county departments which commissioners approved unanimously.

Many of the expenditures were offset by additional revenue brought in through grants or other funding sources.

From the general fund, commissioners approved $111,172 out of a total request of $185,052 offset by $73,880 in grant revenue.

Additional funding requests came from the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for upgrades to case management software in the amount of $75,200; the Jefferson County Superior Court for upgrades to recording equipment for $54,222 and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for various programs in the amount of $55,630.

The costs in the Sheriff’s Office are covered by various state grants totaling $73,880.

From all other funds, commissioners approved $65,322 out of a total request of $1,070,021 offset by $1,004,699 in additional revenues.

Commissioners approved more than $32,000 to hire interns at the Washington State University Jefferson County Extension, which also received a $3,500 donation for the 4-H program to be used for operating supplies.

The Department of Public Health received $708,922 for a range of items including professional services, supplies, software and a new vehicle. Costs at DPH were offset by an additional $887,012 in revenues.

In addition, the county’s chemical dependency and mental health programs were allocated $139,722 for various services, offset by $40,307 in tax revenue.

Finance Manager Judy Shepherd presented the information to commissioners at their regular meeting Monday and said the third quarter budget amendments are typically light.

The county’s approved budget for 2023 was initially $86.2 million in expenditures and $78.9 million in revenues, according to budget documents.


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