The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 13, to adopt a "responsible and fiscally sound" budget for 2013 that reduces general-government spending.
The budget, approved on a 7-0 vote, did not include a cost-of-living adjustment for employees. Rather, it spends a portion of that savings to alleviate some cuts in the Sheriff's Department.
"Above all, this budget demonstrates our commitment to public safety," said Council Chair Joyce McDonald (District 2). "This is a responsible and fiscally sound budget. We must remain mindful of the ongoing uncertainty about the economy, which is why we cannot in good faith include a cost-of-living adjustment for employees or elected officials."
The General Fund, which pays for most general government services, would drop from $275.6 million this year to $274.8 million in 2013. Total spending amounts to $894 million, which represents a boost of more than $50 million, mostly due to the major expansion of the Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Among other things, the budget package would:
"This budget keeps Pierce County on the path of steady fiscal management that maintains stability and security for our communities," said Council Vice Chair Rick Talbert (District 5).
The budget now goes to County Executive Pat McCarthy, who has 10 days from its arrival in her office to sign or veto the measure.
The main budget ordinance is 2012-76.
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