How property tax caps push some WA counties to the financial edge

“We’re out of cash. We don’t have any money left,” said Franklin County Administrator Mike Gonzalez. “That part is a part that keeps me up at night. You’re like, ‘Holy cow, if we really got into a pickle, how are we going to pay for all this?’” 

A strategic financial report pegged the problem as deep and structural: “County revenues are simply not growing fast enough to keep up with expenses.”

“If we cannot figure out a way to pay for these costs,” Gonzalez said, “we’re going to be letting criminals out on the street, we are not going to be able to hire corrections officers to staff jails, prosecuting

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