Special meeting to discuss Walla Walla budget

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla County commissioners are expected to declare an emergency in the county's 2010 budget during a special meeting Thursday.

The action is related to an interfund loan of slightly more than $2 million from the county's investment pool to purchase and renovate the building that now houses the county Human Services Department at 1520 Kelly Place.

Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

The county Finance Committee -- county Treasurer Gordon Heimbigner, county Auditor Karen Martin and commission Chairman Gregg Loney -- approved the loan Dec. 20 as part of a plan to bring many of the county's social service providers under one roof.

The resolution is required to amend the 2010 budget to reflect the purchase and retrofitting of the building.

One other action item will be a resolution to suspend operations by the Prescott-Bolles Flood Control District at the request of the district's board of directors.

Board members told commissioners last week that while limited money has been secured since the district was formed in 1996 and some work accomplished, it has not been to the scope members had hoped to accomplish. Later projects have been shut down due to problems with acquiring permits.

Board members said they were asking for suspension to relieve the district of the need to keep up with auditing requirements while still maintaining the option of resuming operations in the future if needed.

Commissioners also will vote on a consent agenda and hold an informal meeting with the newly elected county officials.