YAKIMA, Wash. -- The 2008 Yakima County budget was approved Tuesday.
The commissioners say the toughest part was prioritizing the importance of each department. Their "general fund" budget is up 3% from 2007, but that doesn't cover their rising operational costs.
They originally planned to cut some county jobs. They've been able to avoid doing that by not filling jobs when people retire. Less people are doing more work.
The county expects to bring in about $51.4 million dollars in 2008, while it spends almost $52.2 million dollars. The $800,000 difference will be made up with reserve funds.