PENDLETON — Umatilla County’s budget gets the once-over this week. The county’s budget committee holds public meetings to review and discuss the budget starting Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in room 130 at the county courthouse, 416 S.E. Fourth St., Pendleton.
County Commissioner George Murdock, who oversees the county budget process, said in a written statement the county cut total employees from 317 to 307 to help cover a $1.7 million shortfall and produce a balanced budget.
The committee will consider an overall budget proposal of about $74 million with almost $28.5 million for discretionary general fund spending. Murdock said the county lost half a million dollars from the general fund to cover retired employees, and next year’s budget faces a similar hit.
While the committee can make changes to the county budget, Murdock said the plan the group sees this week matches revenue and expenditures.
The budget committee plans to meet through Thursday afternoon but could adjourn earlier or go into Friday, depending on how swift the review is.