Shelton City Manager Ryan Wheaton

SHELTON —The city commissioners on Tuesday approved a $48.7 million city budget that includes a $13.3 million general fund. 

Shelton City Manager Ryan Wheaton said the city commissioners face tough decisions ahead because challenges in the past have created a standard of doing more with less.

In a budget report to the commissioners, Wheaton said 2017 forecasted total tax revenues of $7.1 million are growing at a conservative rate of 5 percent a year.

Wheaton, who the Shelton commissioners hired this year, said he plans to make economic development a strong focus in the city.

The city manager also says economic challenges ahead include rebuilding Shelton’s economy after losing 270 Simpson Lumber Company jobs in 2015. Some 200 more jobs were lost with the closure of Olympic Panel Products but Sierra Pacific is now building a state-of-the-art sawmill with plans to employ 200 people.

The budget was approved without public or commissioner comment.

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