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Staff, program cuts are options in county

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The Pierce County Board voted last week to reduce programs and staff instead of drawing down fund balances if the county runs into budget problems this fall.

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While the state hasn't yet adopted its budget and associated local government levy caps, the assumption is Pierce County will be allowed to increase its levy 2.296 percent. In past years, counties have been allowed to raise their property tax levies by their rate of new construction, and it is assumed that won't change.

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