TOPPENISH, Wash -- What a difference a year makes. Just twelve months, the City of Toppenish was scraping to find money for its budget. But thanks to painful cuts in 2007, this year the city should be in much better financial shape.
According to Mayor Bill Rogers, Toppenish will likely have a small budget surplus in 2008 - thanks to higher than expected tax revenues and lower operating costs.
Last year the city was forced to cut employee salaries, as well as money for the Toppenish Swimming Pool. After months of fundraising, a local community group took over operation of the pool and managed it all summer.
With this year's surplus, Rogers says there may be enough money for a small raise for city workers.