Spokane County faces $10,000,000 budget deficit - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County faces $10,000,000 budget deficit

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Commissioners are dealing with the same issue many government agencies are, balancing their 2010 budget.  Right now Spokane County is finding itself with a $10,000,000 deficit.  County Commissioners are still trying to figure out how it can fill the gap before taking a look at layoffs or program cuts.

Monday night dozens of people showed up to a meeting at the Spokane County fairgrounds to discuss the 2010 budget.  Commissioner Todd Mielke says revenue is going down in Spokane County and expenditures are on the rise.

Spokane County is looking at a voluntary early retirement program as a way to possibly fill the gap.  The county is also looking at options like freezing raises and furloughs for employees, but those savings would have to be bargained through the union.

County employees seem to be interested in making cuts where they can and union representative Gordon Smith says they are open to ideas,  "In good times (the) union's mission is to enhance workers wages and conditions and when times are bad, at a union leadership level, we see our goal as saving jobs. So if there are ideas out there to save jobs lets take a look at them."

Todd Mielke said there are 260 county employees eligible for the voluntary early retirement program.  Employees have until June 30th to decide if they'll opt for early retirement.  After the June 30th deadline the county will determine how much more of a budget deficit they face, then commissioners will take a look at cutting specific programs or possible layoffs.

Cindi DeHoog
KHQ Reporter

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Monday, September 18 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-09-19 01:50:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>
  • Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:42:39 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>
  • NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:10 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:10:33 GMT

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/