County departments meet to plan budget-cutting process

Kitsap County’s officials are continuing the budget-planning process with a series of meetings where representatives from individual departments meet with administrative personnel to discuss specific cuts.

“For many departments, it isn’t easy to find places to cut,” said County Administrator Nancy Buonanno Grennan. “But the opportunity to examine all county services becomes an opportunity for us to do things in a different way.” 

As of Thursday, the team — which includes Grennan, Administrative Services Director Ben Holland and other budget staff — had met with the auditor, clerk, coroner, sheriff and jail, treasurer, prosecutor, District Court, personnel, Public Works and WSU extension.

Departments still to meet include Human Services, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, Technology Initiatives, Administrative Services and Community Development.

“It’s a tough time for county government,” said Treasurer Barbara Stephenson. “We are facing a lot of things that we haven’t faced over the last few years. And it’s not going away.”

This year the county needs to cut $4 million from the general fund, with an

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