Looming Budget Issues at the Chelan County Courthouse

Commissioners balance 2018 budget through a combination of spending cuts and tax revenue.


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.


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.