YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima County Commissioners released a letter Tuesday explaining their top five suggestions to make up the current budget shortfall after reviewing several options earlier this year.
In the letter signed by Commissioners Michael Leita, Kevin Bouchey, and Rand Elliot, they explained the process that lead to their selection of recommendations, which included reviewing 88 different suggestions between February and March.
The commissioners' top choices include short-term and permanent layoffs, furloughs, and reduced hours. Their preference was not to use permanent layoffs as a singular solution, they explained in the letter. The commissioners acknowledged that option would put a larger workload on remaining employees and lower morale.
These recommendations are believed to help the county optimize productivity in the short-term only, the remainder of 2010, the commissioners said.
The $1.3 million shortfall comes from a combination of $500,000 in one-time reserves, the loss of $600,000 is 2010 and 2011 State sales tax revenues, and an anticipated $200,000 that will be lost because of declining sales tax.