The new Washington County budget, which will be open to comment at a public hearing May 18, proposes to spend $1.2 billion for operations and projects in the coming year.
County Administrator Robert Davis said the 2017-18 budget proposes targeted spending increases, but also recognizes future issues with employee payrolls, housing and human services, and road maintenance.
"We are facing challenges unique to these times," he said Tuesday (May 9) at a meeting of the county commissioners and public members of the county budget committee and four other special districts governed by the commissioners.
The overall budget for the year starting July 1 is proposed at $1.2 billion, up $38.6 million (3 percent) from the adjusted current budget. The number of full-time employees will go up 44 for a total of 2,000.
The general fund — the county's most flexible spending, two-thirds of which is supported by property taxes — is proposed for a 6 percent increase at $229 million.
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