Thurston County Commissioners have adopted a spending plan designed to guide the county through 2010.

The overall budget for next year is set at about $317.6 million, down about 17 percent from 2009 levels. The general fund is approximately $74 million, down about 2 percent from current year spending.
“We took some very significant steps regarding the 2009 budget. Between (that) and a mid-year adjustment, we cut about $7 million from the General Fund,” said Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe. “That’s about 10 percent of the funding that we have the most control over.”

Commissioners had to eliminate approximately 12 percent of Thurston County workforce positions and initiate a painful cut to Public Health and Social Service programs.

Budget materials can be viewed online. Look for the “Budget Information” button on the opening page of the Web site.