THE OLYMPIAN REPORTS THIS ABOUT THURSTON COUNTY
“As many as 17 social-service agencies could face layoffs or other cuts if budget-strapped Thurston County stops contributing to the Human Services Review Council, agency leaders said.
‘It would be catastrophic,’ said Charles Shelan, executive director of Olympia-based Community Youth Services, speculating that the county’s pullout could lead to state or federal matching funds drying up as well. ‘It’s affecting the most vulnerable people in the community.’
The review council, a coalition of area governments that awards grants of between $12,000 and $50,000 to individual nonprofit human-service agencies, distributed $416,000 this year to the 17 organizations. Of that amount, the county contributed $112,000, about 27 percent of the review council’s budget.
The county is under pressure to reduce its 2009 general-fund spending plan by $4 million from this year’s $79 million.”
NVN: “CITY OF ROY ‘BROKE'”
“Former clerk-treasurer Betty Garrison berated the Roy City Council Monday [Sept. 8] and accused them of misappropriating funds.
‘The City of Roy has serious cash flow issues,’ Garrison told council.
‘The city is basically broke.’
Mayor Natalie Banks had asked Garrison to review the citys budget and offer advice,” quoting the NVN.
“NVN: “Roy mayor knew report was coming”
“Former employees and at least one past mayor say former clerk-treasurer Betty Garrison did the right thing in confronting the Roy City Council about its financial meltdown.”
THE MICROCOSM OF THE MACROCOSM GOING ON RIGHT HERE IN THE NISQUALLY VALLEY!
AS ONE BLOG READER ASKED THIS WEEK AFTER THE NVN STORY WAS PUBLISHED ABOUT ROY GOING BROKE:
“Maybe we need an audit as well before this happens to us [Yelm]!
Maybe! Just maybe… however only IF the citizens stand-up and demand an audit!
No likely though.
Or, will Yelm residents continue to be told and not question that everything is just fine & wake up one day to find they are not, i.e. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AIG Insurance, Lehman Bros, Merrill Lynch!