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+ Page A-8 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 10, 2014 Newman Family Chiropractic Accepting Medicare Sarah Newman, DC and most Insurances Work Injuries Car Accidents Wellness Care OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 2211 Jefferson Street, Shelton WA 98584 ason il ttentio to detail. to your vehicle. to you. By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com No Mason County shops were among the state Liquor Control Board's first batch of li- censes for retail pot shops. The board handed out 24 licenses Monday. Stores were allowed to open as early as Tues- day. Five stores across the state were able to open Tuesday. The closest licensed can begin selling mari- one licensed producer, business to Mason Coun- juana at their discretion or grower -- Highwater ty, as of Monday, was 420 following receipt of prod- Farms of the Skokomish Carpenter at 422 Car- uct and entering it into Valley. penter Road in Lacey. the traceability system. On July 1, the Mason A list of all of the The Liquor Control County Board of Com- licensed retailmarijuana Board plans to licensemissioners approved a stores is at liq.wa.gov/ 334 retail marijuana lo- moratorium on marijua- records/frequently- cations inthe state, na production and pro- requested-lists. As of Monday, 58 pro- cessing in most zoning The 24 licensees were ducers and 48 processors areas in Mason County. notified of their approved have been licensed by the Some of the county's applications via emailstate. No processors in producer and processor early Monday morning. Mason County have beenlicense applicants will be Marijuana retailers licensed. The county has affected by that decision. AUTOMOTIVE 2033 Olympic Highway North Shelton 426-1467 l RV Storage with 1 Double Car Garage 1724 Cole Street Seattle / Enumclaw 360-825-7768 $ 19N5 1-800-854-4410 L,C.#ALPHAs36X~36x12 WASHINGTON CHERRIES . Greenhouse. Nursenj . Produce Seafood. 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The letter is scheduled to go out to county staff Monday. The pre- liminary budget will be available to the public Nov. 17. The county will have a preliminary budget hearing on Dec. 1 and the budget must be passed by Dec. 31. Commissioner Tim Sheldon said he did not agree that drafting the 2015 budget to 2014 levels is a good idea. The county commission ap- proved its 2014 budget on New Year's Eve, just hours before the deadline. Total expenditures for 2014 were budgeted at $28.5 mil- lion and revenue was budgeted at $27 million. Sheldon instead suggested that county staff budget to 2013 levels. However, Jeffreys noted that the 2013 budget was balanced partial- ly by cutting $700,000 in county reimbursements to its equipment rental and revolving (ER&R) fund. Last year, the state Auditor's Office listed the move as a finding against the county's 2013 account- ability audit, and directed the commission to pay back the money to its ER&R fund. In addition to the projected ex- penditures for 2015, the county could face another $2.9 million in expenses, including a potential $8,945,000 operating shortfall for the Belfair sewer, a $500,000 set- tlement to BOSS Construction of Bellingham, over issues related to the completion of the Belfair sewer and more than $1 million in wage increases. Of that $1 million, $495,635 is for 2015 wage increases for Mason County sheriffs deputies, which was awarded after arbitration this spring. Tim Ripp, a corporal in the Mason County Sheriffs Office and guild president of the Mason County Sheriffs Office lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Tuesday he was concerned the Sheriffs Office would be directed to absorb the increase into its ex- isting budget, with no increase in funding from the county. "We bargained in good faith," he said. The Sheriffs Office will be di- rected to list the wage increase on what was called a supplemental budget and is now referred to as an "expenditures above status quo form," Commissioner Terri Jef- freys said. Deborah Lippincott, a labor specialist from the Fraternal Or- der of Police who was involved in the county's negotiations with the union, said the county never mentioned during meetings that it could not afford to fund the wage increase. .... '~e would have had much more discussion about the county's abil- ity to pay," she said Tuesday. Pinter gave the commission several suggestions for increasing revenue in 2015. These include a levy shift, which could add $1.5 million in revenue or a 0.2 per- cent public safety sales tax, which could add more than $600,000 in revenue. Sheldon said Monday he is not in favor of a tax increase, but Com- missioner Randy Neatherlin said the commission should consider its options to increase revenue. 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