Citizen panel OKs $1.2 billion spending plan for coming year, forwards it to county commissioners for adoption June 20.

Washington County is one step away from final approval of a $1.2 billion spending plan for the year starting July 1.

The plan presented by County Administrator Robert Davis won approval Thursday (May 18) from the budget committee, which consists of the five county commissioners and five public members.

The commissioners are scheduled to adopt it at their June 20 business meeting and can make adjustments to it.

The overall budget for the year starting July 1 is proposed at $1.2 billion, up $38.6 million (3 percent) from the adjusted current budget. The number of full-time employees will go up 44 for a total of 2,000.

The general fund — the county's most flexible spending, two-thirds of which is supported by property taxes — is proposed for a 6 percent increase at $229 million.

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