What’s Different at County Commission?

Okay, class. Take a gander at these two photos of Grays Harbor County Commissioners. The first photo was taken at this morning’s special meeting/workshop. The second photo was taken last June. Both were taken in Conference Room 1 of the County Administration Building in Montesano:

 

L to R: Grays Harbor County Commissioners Vickie Raines, Randy Ross, Wes Cormier. 1/17/17.
L to R: Grays Harbor County Commissioners Vickie Raines, Randy Ross, Wes Cormier. 1/17/17.
L to R: Grays Harbor County Commissioners Frank Gordon, Wes Cormier, Vickie Raines. 06/13/16.
L to R: Grays Harbor County Commissioners Frank Gordon, Wes Cormier, Vickie Raines. 06/13/16.

What’s different?

Hint: Think space. Other hint: This is the first time in about three-ish years that I’ve seen all three commishes seated on the same side of the table in this context, without empty chairs or the Andes Mountains in between. And, oh yeah: The GH county commission is now a 100% Democrat-Free Zone.

Keep An Eye Out

With regard to this morning’s meeting/workshop, you may want to keep an eye on one particular item that came up today. It had to do with the proposed Gateway Center in Aberdeen.

Public Advisory Vote?

It’s no secret that the Gateway Center has generated some sharp divisions within the community. So Commissioner Wes Cormier floated an idea for more public input on the matter: Put it on the August or November ballot as a Public Advisory Vote.  (Can you say, “Brilliant”?)

Commissioners Raines and Ross expressed support for the idea. Look for a revisit at the next commissioner’s workshop on Tuesday, February 7. (No decisions are made at workshops.)

Budget Director Brenda Sherman also presented a run-down on the Grays Harbor County General Fund, Budget vs. Actual as of December 31, 2016. The whole smack is about 20 pages – in case you’re running low on No Doze. If you want it, holler. Otherwise, here are a few highlights:

  • There’s about $150K less than budgeted in revenue
  • Grants are “noticeably down”
  • Revenue -The county spent about 95% of what was budgeted
  • $101,325 spent on elections is carried over to 2017
  • About $50,000 spent on public defense is carried over to 2017
  • The single largest county revenue source is: 1) property taxes, followed by 2) licenses, permits and fees, and 3) sales tax.
  • District Court, Planning & Building and the Treasurer’s offices brought in more than they spent last year
  • The single largest General Fund YTD expenditure category is Salaries & Benefits at 72%. Services are at 20%.
  • The Sheriff’s Office and Corrections lead the 2016 General Fund YTP Expenditures by Department, at $6,520,698 and $3,623,147, respectively. LEOFF 1 Disabiliity Board and the Boundary Review Board bring up the rear, at $8,459 and $6,831, respectively.

 

Is this fun or what?

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