okays 2001 Budget
Wednesday, December 20, 2000
PORT ANGELES -- Two new Sheriff's deputies and a
land-use lawyer officially joined a plethora of line items
as Clallam County commissioners adopted their $77.7 million
fiscal year 2001 budget on Tuesday.
The last regular session for the year also included the
appointment of a Forks judge candidate screening committee.
Additionally, commissioners set a cell tower public hearing
The much-debated county spending plan followed three
public forums and one emotionally charged day-long public
The budget includes a current expense fund of $24.34
million -- up 7.2 percent from the fiscal year 2000 budget.
The overall budget of $77.7 million represents an
increase of 8.1 percent over last year.
This year's budget was adopted later than usual as
commissioners gauged the potential effects of Initiative
The initiative, approved by voters in November, calls
for the return tax and fee increases levied between July and
December of 1999. In Clallam County, that means $86,000 in
taxes and $197,700 in permit fees would have to be returned.
The decision to return the money remains in limbo as
commissioners wait for a ruling in the lawsuit challenging
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