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Commissioners release YCDOC budget shortfall breakdown

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima County Commissioners released a breakdown on Thursday of how they plan to make up the nearly $10 million shortfall in the Department of Corrections' budget after contracts with King County ended in 2010.

Last month the department announced it would lay off 34 employees because of the loss in funds. The additional steps include eliminating positions and asking for a pay freeze. Other measures outlined by the commissioners will bring in more money for the department.

The County will also close the Yakima County Correction Center by the fairgrounds with the hop of selling it our renting it at full capacity. A similar plan is in place for a DOC building in Union Gap.

Depending on the success of this plan, the county could also increase the rental fees for jail beds in 2012.

Below is the complete breakdown of the 2011 Shortfall Reconciliation totaling $9,379,458.


2011 Expense Reductions

  • YCCC Close (34 Staff)                                                                  $(2,664,278)
  • 14 unfilled positions eliminated                                                       $(712,492)
  • Return of 5% COLA or additional labor reduction                            $(475,000)
  • Fuel & Maintenance Reduction in Transport                                    $(125,000)
  • Toppenish Bed Contract Cancellation                                             $(300,000)
  • OT, Transport Meals, Misc.                                                              $(200,000)
  • Food Services contract                                                                    $(500,000)
  • ConMed medical contract                                                                $(427,000)
  • Comprehensive Mental Health contract                                          $(140,000)
  • Facilities rent                                                                                   $(500,000)
  • Capitol improvement policy                                                             $(500,000)

 Reductions Total: $6,543,770


2011 Revenue Increases

  • Home Detention                                                                               $140,000
  • Commissary                                                                                      $325,000
  • Sale of extra 21 beds                                                                       $670,688

Revenue Increases Total: $1,135,688


2011 Reserves

  • YCDOC Reserve                                                                             $1,200,000
  • General Fund Reserve                                                                      $500,000

 Reserves Total: $1,700,000