As the economic impacts Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order (Governor’s Proclamation 20-25) continue to develop, Douglas County has implemented budget reductions in response to the decline of incoming sales-tax based revenue and preparing for potential shortfalls in the coming months. In an effort to be proactive and maintain consistency with the County's historic fiscally conservative budget management practices, the County has made cuts while still working to maintain continuity of vital public services.
Douglas County will be exploring all options for reducing costs while sustaining or bolstering public services. These measures include, but are not limited to, staff attrition, leaving vacant positions unfilled, altered maintenance schedules, training reductions, and examination of current operations.
Douglas County has a strong tradition of conservative budgeting which has allowed the County to weather previous economic downturns and has made us well positioned to function successfully during lean times. We believe that this dedication to responsible stewardship of tax payer funds will allow the County to continue to serve the community in a meaningful and productive manner during this event. Additionally, making these difficult decisions early will allow the County to be positioned favorably in the face of the uncertainly of 2021.
We want to acknowledge the hardships and personally thank all Douglas County residents for you hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Your Douglas County leadership will remain committed to serving our community in the fiscally responsibly and community-oriented custom way the community has come to depend on.