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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Commissioners Discuss Budget Shortfalls

Tucannon Road construction project concerns also get board’s attention


DAYTON—At last week’s department head meeting, the Columbia County Commissioners asked for feedback on how to fund essential services in 2018 in light of continued reductions in state funding and continuing budget issues.

“Our budgets are not flush for the next couple of years,” said Commissioner Norm Passmore.

The commissioners and department heads discussed the merits of asking voters for general budget help, or for specific help in particular areas, such as Law and Justice, which has seen drastic revenue shortfalls.

According to District Court Judge Scott Marinella, the state is...

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