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Fate of Yakima Valley School Still Dependent on Final Budget

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SELAH, Wash--- As both the House and Senate attempt to save money wherever possible the fate of Yakima Valley School hangs in the balance. 

We spoke with former Senator Alex Deccio who served for 30 plus years. While in office Deccio fought several attempts to close the school. He believes it will also survive this round of budget cuts.

YVS is a state run home for people with severe developmental disabilities. The Senate did not include it's funding in the budget announced Monday. On the other hand the House announced Tuesday that it would be funded. 

Deccio said he thinks the House and Senate will work-it-out and not close the school. He said it's a highly politicized issue.

"I hope that decisions will be made of value to the clients and forgetting the political part of it," said Deccio.

He's been writing letters to our representatives and senators trying to fight for Yakima Valley School. He said many people are unaware of the high level of care provided at the facility. Now the House and Senate will come together to create the conference budget.