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Yakima County hasn't solved budget shortfall yet

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YAKIMA--Yakima County Commissioners are looking to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.

Commissioners planned to release an updated 2010 budget on April 15, but now say it won't come out until the end of the month.

They're sifting through about 85 ideas from on how to cut the budget.

Possibilities include layoffs, furloughs, reduced hours, less maintenance on county vehicles or even alternate ways of refilling printer ink cartridges.  Commissioner Kevin Bouchey told KNDO that anything is possible.

"We will look at dollar values related to each of those suggestions," Bouchey said.  "Then, come up with a short list of things that might be used in combinations to address that $1.1 million [shortfall.]"

That shortfall came about because the county wants to put $500,000 back in reserves and also didn't get $600,000 from the state in tax equalization fees.

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