2012 budget suggestions help cities and towns plan budget
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Local cities are now planning their 2012 budgets. The state sent out its annual budget suggestions this month. The booklet discusses what has happened at the legislative level, and it estimates state-shared revenues.
Part of figuring out how much of that is distributed at the local level is estimating the next year's population. "We do an estimate of what we think the population number's going to be so we can see what the revenue's going to be," said Cindy Epperson, Deputy Director of Accounting and Budgeting for the city of Yakima.
Gas tax brings the most money to cities and towns out of the state-shared revenues. Through July the state's gas tax is about 3.5 percent ahead of where it was 12 months ago. This helps make up for the roughly 3.5 percent in cuts the state has made to funding.