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SHELTON, WA--The City of Shelton and City Council are pleased to announce the proposed city budget for 2020. This year’s proposed budget totals $30.4 million, with a General Fund allocation of $12.3 million. 

The General Fund is used to finance the majority of Shelton’s initiatives, and receives most of its undesignated revenues. The General Fund funds 12 City departments, including Fire/EMS, Municipal Court, and Police.

“I am very proud that City Council and staff were able to find efficiencies in the 2020 budgeting process that will allow the City to provide services at a level Shelton citizens expect and deserve,” said City Manager Jeff Niten.

Existing City services and programs will continue to be funded at their current level, with adjustments for inflation, benefit increases and contract requirements. Any new initiatives or expansions of current programs (primarily those funded by the General Fund) were evaluated based on need, value to Shelton residents, and the City Council’s strategic plan.

“Overall, I think the budget process demonstrated the alignment of the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and City staff in desiring to create a transparent, sustainable budget which continues to move the City forward toward achieving its long-term goals,” said Finance Director Aaron BeMiller.

The City and Council have identified homelessness as a 2020 budget priority.

Homelessness remains a primary matter of concern to the City, and included in this year’s budget is a $96,200 allotment for a Homeless Resource Coordinator to be based in the City Manager’s office. This individual will work to coordinate efforts between the City, Mason County, Washington State, and non-profit organizations.

 “Redirecting some revenues to services that are important to the community have allowed us to fund Council priorities, and City staff has focused on using existing resources in the most effective ways possible,” said Niten. “We will strive to find innovative and effective ways to manage our resources now and in the future.”

Public hearings will be held on November 19 and December 3 for residents and businesses to have an opportunity to share feedback to Council. The final budget will be adopted December 3 by Council. 


(5) comments

Richard Harris

30 million dollars for the city of Shelton budget for 1 year. I believe it would be possible to raze all the old decrpid commercial bills and build a brand new downtown for that much money. 96 thousand to hire someone to figure how to care for the homeless? That 96 thou would go a long way in helping them. Or hey! There are help wanted signs every where. Give them a job and guess what... they can rent housing and move off of the tax payers dime.

gary yando

Can someone fill me in with why we need a coordinator to (as I understand it) check on homeless people in Shelton. What is his/her job description. There are currently a number of employees who could fit this task within their current duties. If you look around there are many properties that have rubbish, old cars and other junk around their house. Is there anyone trying to clean this up? Maybe this type of job could become a part of the homeless coordinators job? Why doesn't the City form a task force to review this critical situation and report back to the city. Saves money.

Will Aguliar

Have you been paying attention to any of the issues discussed at the City recently regarding homeless? I suggest maybe start there. There currently isn't anyone "connecting" people to services in Shelton. There is only one homeless shelter (Community Lifeline) and its unable to stay open for the entire year. The non-profits and "task forces" do very little for long-term needs. Further, how do you know what each employee at the City is doing and whether or not its even remotely appropriate to simply "assign" this to someone? This person needs to be qualified in many areas such as medical and social issues. I for one am happy the city is taking more of a leadership role on this front. It's time for Shelton to start helping itself. Maybe something good will actually happen for a change.

Will Aguliar

Other than your nonsensical drivel, its clear you haven't a clue what a costs to run a governmental organization. $96k isn't the take home salary, its health benefits, retirement etc. This employee will likely make about $50-$65k. Instead of spouting nonsense maybe dig into the data a bit. Further, most Shelton "help wanted" wouldn't come close to paying enough for someone to rent in Shelton. With rents upwards of $1200 per month, do the math.

Richard Harris

It's not drivel or nonsense Will... it's governments ever increasing grasp on the working man's dollar! At some point, tax payers have to say STOP! ENOUGH IT'S ENOUGH! How is a 96,000 thousand dollar payout going to help the homeless people ? It's going to help 1 person, period! The person the city hires. Government without boundries once again! For a town who that wad 52 million in the red a few years ago, I'd say the city managers haven't learned a thing.

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