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December 4, 2018

Skagit County Commissioners approve 2019 budget

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today to pass Skagit County’s 2019 budget, totaling $223.1 million.

The approved 2019 budget represents a 2.1 percent increase from the 2018 budget, due in part to capital projects and strategic investments in updated technology to better meet customer and public service needs. The 2019 budget adds 8 full-time positions, all but one of which is for law and justice, and includes a 1 percent property tax increase to the County’s general fund levy, as well as a projected 2 percent increase in sales tax collections.

The Board of Commissioners also passed resolutions adopting property tax limit factor increases for the road and conservation futures levies, and set the emergency medical services levy as approved by voters.

Significant budget highlights for 2019 include investment in veterans’ housing and affordable housing – each at a cost of $500,000 – as well as design and construction investments for replacement of the Guemes Island Ferry.

The general fund, which supports 27 County departments and most regional services, accounts for roughly 27 percent of the total budget, or $59.4 million. The remaining 73 percent of the budget comes from a combination of special revenue, debt service and capital funds. The County also retains a 16.7 percent general fund reserve, or roughly $9.9 million.

Find more information about the budget online at https://skagitcounty.net/budgetfinance.  For questions or more details, please contact Budget and Finance Director Trisha Logue at trishal@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1305.