Grays Harbor County to take up budget on Monday

MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners are slated to take more testimony and potentially approve their $24.1 million operating budget on Monday.

This past week, the commissioners heard mostly negative comments toward potential budget cuts that would eliminate the popular resident deputy program and shift more property taxes on those who live within city limits.

The commissioners must also figure out where the costs from a potential 2 percent cost of living increase will come from. Members of the AFSCME Courthouse and Public Works Divisions approved the potential increase recently, but the county commissioners must also officially approve the increase in a public meeting. The county also has unresolved contracts with its Teamsters Union.

A 2 percent raise for the unions means an extra $242,242 out of the general fund and $206,466 out of other, miscellaneous funds, such as the Roads fund.

The county’s afternoon meeting and continued hearings begin at 2 p.m., Monday in their chambers at the County Administration Building in Montesano. The county is also slated to hear an update on its budget at 9:45 a.m., Monday, in the conference room in the commissioners’ offices.