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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Washington State’s 39 counties play key roles in our public infrastructure, including public safety, public health, transportation, parks, and libraries. The recession has hit county budgets hard and many are facing deep budget cuts.

If Initiative 1033 were to pass, it would have a disastrous impact on county governments and on the services they provide, at a time when they can least afford it. According to the Office of Financial Management, counties stand to lose a total of $694 million by 2015, as shown in the graph below.

Tomorrow, schmudget will begin a series outlining the potential impacts of I-1033 on individual counties. We'll begin tomorrow with Snohomish County.

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