The Clark County Council today adopted its 2021 annual budget. The total expense budget for 2021 is $557 million.
In her remarks to the council, Interim County Manager Kathleen Otto said, “the recommended budget is balanced, sustainable and provides flexibility.”
Like many government entities, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the county budget.
The current 2020 expense budget, which includes everything that the county council has adopted through the 2020 fall supplemental, is $594 million.
Clark County has faced a reduction in revenues and increase in expenses due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The county currently is anticipating an approximate $6 million reduction in 2020 revenues for the General Fund due to the pandemic.
The county is anticipating an approximate $8 million reduction in expenses to the General Fund due to departments implementing efficiencies, reducing overtime expenses, curtailing non-essential spending, and having a hiring freeze in place.
“The hard work of county departments and offices to establish these reductions means we are able to adopt a 2021 budget without having to sacrifice services our residents deserve,” said Otto. “I appreciate and am proud of county staff efforts during this tumultuous year.”
2021 budget highlights
- $37 million less than the current 2020 expense budget
- Small number of requests for new General Fund dollars to identify efficiencies
- Preservation of General Fund reserves per county policy
- Maintains sales tax revenue forecasts at the same level as 2020
In its adoption, the council approved a General Fund and Road Fund property tax increase of .602% each. The council also adopted the full 1% and banked capacity option for the parks levy.
To see the budget presentation go to the council website at https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/clark-county-council-meetings. To watch a video of today’s budget hearing go to the CVTV website at https://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/31776?start=0&stop=9473.
Kathleen Otto, Interim County Manager