WENATCHEE – Next year’s budget balances out but Chelan County’s financial future could mean more belt-tightening down the line.
Commissioners balanced the 2018 budget through a combination of spending cuts and an unexpected windfall in tax revenue.
Commissioner Keith Goehner says the Assessor reported higher than projected property tax revenue which helped close the million dollar preliminary budget shortfall. He said that will not be sustainable in the future.
Commissioner Doug England was also cautious in his assessment of the County’s financial position going forward. Commissioners say there are no major capital projects such as new road construction to be undertaken next year due to the loss of a Federal program that funds such projects.