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Continued revenue decline forces county reductions

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Published on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Responding to a continued decline in revenues due to the prolonged national recession, Snohomish County eliminated 15 positions Thursday from its workforce of 2,800, totaling $2 million in taxpayer savings.

The savings come from the county’s Department of Information Services and will allow DIS to balance its budget through 2011.

“We must continue to be proactive and fiscally responsible,” Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. “Taxpayers are counting on us to make wise choices during this national recession. We can’t afford to wait until the end of the year or allow the deficit to widen.”

A continued drop in revenues since 2008 has forced the county to do more with less and reduce spending each year with minimal operational interruptions.

The county has continued to manage the effects of declining revenue and reduced projected year-end revenue shortfalls by implementing supplemental budgets in 2009 and 2010. Due to a still cooling economy, analysts project an additional revenue shortfall of $4.9 million from 2010 levels in 2011, a difference of $19 million since pre-recession spending levels in 2007.

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