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$47M proposed budget unveiled Preliminary county budget cuts spending by 5 percent; public hearing slated for Nov. 6 On Oct. 15, San Juan County Administrator Pro-Tem Bob Jean presented the County Council with a preliminary budget totaling $47.6 million for 2013. The proposed budget represents a 5 percent reduction from this year’s $50 million budget. No programs are eliminated, but the budget assumes a reduction of 3.2 “Full Time Equivalent” jobs, although actual worker layoffs are not expected. Total county revenues from all sources are estimated to increase by slightly more than $1 million, including $600,000 from the voter-approved Public Safety Sales Tax and small reductions from other tax sources and from grants for various county programs. Jean’s covering memorandum points out that implementation of budget stabilization

measures enacted by the county council should result in the county reaching budget stabilization goals in each of the next three years. Budget stabilization has been achieved at least in part through a series of reserve policies approved by the council, including a required 10-percent ending fund balance, a budget stabilization fund, and mandatory debt service reserve balances, according to Jean. Budget discussions with most county departments were scheduled for a “special meeting” of the council on Oct. 15. The Public Works, Roads, and Capital Improvement Plan budgets are set for further discussion on Monday, Oct. 29. Public comment will be taken following presentation of all budget sections. The council has tentatively set formal public hearings and further council consideration for Nov. 6, with more public comment, discussion and final adoption of the budget ordinances scheduled for Nov. 20. The deadline for budget adoption, as required by the county charter, is Dec. 16.

Union backs Forlenza in Dist. 3 council race Forlenza, Hughes draw Local 1849 endorsement; union deadlocks over District 1 council race County Council candidates Mark Forlenza and Rick Hughes earned the endorsement of the labor union representing San Juan County employees in their respective races. The endorsements were determined by majority vote of members of Local 1849 that attended a Sept. 29 special meeting of the union, which represents roughly 125 county workers, and followed on the heels of a candidates forum hosted by the group earlier that month. “The members determined that both of these candidates represent our best hopes for responsible and practical county leadership,” said union President Colin Maycock,

adding that endorsement decisions were not unanimous. “It was a fairly spirited debate.” Maycock said the group’s executive board decided to conduct a special meeting in which endorsements for county council races would be determined following the candidate forum, but that not all members support that decision. He declined to say how many members participated in the special meeting. “There definitely are some members that are not in favor of that (endorsements), but we are a democratic organization,” he said. “It’s what the majority wanted.” In a first-ever bid for public office, Forlenza is running against two-term incumbent Howie Rosenfeld for the District 3 council position, the boundaries of which include the Town of Friday Harbor.

Hughes and Scott Lancaster are vying for the District 4 council position, Orcas West, currently held by Richard Fralick, who is not seeking reelection. Maycock said that while Hughes and Forlenza earned a clear majority of votes, union members were deadlocked over an endorsement in the District 1 council contest, which pits first-term incumbent Lovel Pratt against challenger Bob Jarman. “There were a number of motions and a number of votes, but there was no clear majority for either candidate,” he said. Local 1849 opted against weighing in on the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission, propositions No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 on the Nov. 6 election ballot, and against making financial contributions to candidate campaigns.

LIVE NINJA THEATRE

Almanac TEMPERATURES, RAINFALL LOPEZ High Low Precip Oct. 15 58 47 .36 Oct. 16 58 44 — Oct. 17 56 42 — Oct. 18 56 43 .54 Oct. 19 56 43 .06 Oct. 20 56 40 .21 Oct. 21 54 40 .11 Precipitation in October: 2.26” Precipitation in 2012: 18.36” Reported by Jack Giard Bakerview Rd. ORCAS High Low Precip Oct. 15 62 44 .44 Oct. 16 57 44 — Oct. 17 56 43 — Oct. 18 57 47 .25 Oct. 19 58 47 .38 Oct. 20 50 41 .18 Oct. 21 53 39 .07 Precipitation in October: 2.48” Precipitation in 2012: 20.17” Reported by John Willis Olga San Juan High Low Precip Oct. 15 n/a n/a n/a Oct. 16 n/a n/a n/a Oct. 17 54 48 n/a Oct. 18 53 46 .50 Oct. 19 56 45 .06 Oct. 20 47 42 .02 Oct. 21 49 40 .19 Precipitation in October: 1.78” Precipitation in 2012: 15.47” Reported by Weather Underground Roche Harbor Water Systems Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Oct. 28 Oct. 29 Oct. 30

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Journal of the San Juans, October 24, 2012  

October 24, 2012 edition of the Journal of the San Juans

Journal of the San Juans, October 24, 2012  

October 24, 2012 edition of the Journal of the San Juans