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Clallam County budget on track, but future worries loom

July 23rd, 2014 - 5:26am

(Port Angeles) – Clallam County's budget is headed for a finish in the black.

That was part of a mid-year budget report released this week that shows an increase to the county's reserves of just over $103,000.

County administrator Jim Jones says some of the revenues that contributed to that surplus were unanticipated, such as a $500,000-dollar refund for a moved capital murder trial by the Office of the Administration of the Courts.

Other sources included a Federal Government “Payment in Lieu of Taxes, the Sale of County Timber, and a Retail Sales Tax, all of which are considered one-time in nature and not to be counted on for future income.

But Jones says there are still concerns about future revenues. He says he is concerned by the lack of new construction in the county.

Jones also told the commissioners about the governor's plan for a 15% decrease in state sponsored revenues which could bring a big change for county coffers.

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