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Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn Mason County will hire 10 new staff members in 2015, including five com- missioned officers in the Mason County Sheriff's Office, increasing spending from the previous year by $3.3 million. The Mason County Board of Commis- sioners approved the $31.8 million 2015 budget with a 2-1 vote at its regular Tuesday meeting. ~p_is has been a long process, and I'm happy with what we ended up with," Commissioner Terri Jeffreys said. Commissioner Tim Sheldon voted against the budget, saying he viewed the increase in spending from 2014 as un- sustainable. "I think you're missing the concept of living within your means," Sheldon said. Overall, the 2015 budget is about 10 percent higher than the 2014 budget, said Budget Manager Frank Pinter. An increase of nearly $1.5 million in 2015 adds up to a 14 percent increase in the Sheriffs Office budget. That increase includes the addition of one deputy and four corrections officers to work in the Mason County Jail. "It was a hard task. I am comfortable with where we are now," Commissioner Randy Neatherlin said. "I know it doesn't look like it, but we're saving money in the long-term on some of these issues." When presented at a hearing last week, the budget had a $3.6 million shortfall balanced using the county's $6.4 million general fund ending bal- ance, or reserve funds, which is expected to result in a reserve of $2.8 million by the end of 2015. Mason County Treasurer Lisa Frazier objected to this reserve balance, saying it could cause cash flow problems for the COunty. In a letter read to the commission at a Monday budget briefing, Frazier urged the commission to maintain a reserve of at least $4.7 million. The commissioners met at 9 a.m. Monday to discuss potential changes. The commissioners scheduled a brief- ing to discuss changes to the budget for Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon voted against the $31.8 million 2015 county budget Tuesday, saying he thought the $3.3 million increase from the 2014 budget was unsustainable. Monday. Sheldon attended the meeting eral fund. by telephone but had to hang up after The elimination of a $116,322 pay- an hour. The commissioners continued meat to the county's Equipment Rental to discuss changes for about 40 minutes, and Revolving fund for 2014. Sheldon said Tuesday he had trouble $200,000 in campus building im- hearing suggestions from department provements was removed from the gen- heads and audience members present at eral fund. The projects will instead be the briefing, funded from county real estate excise tax Pinter and Neatherlin suggested the funds. majority of the changes made to the bud- The commission also agreed to elimi- get at Monday's briefing, nate a 1 percent property-tax increase, Changes to the budget made Monday which reduced the budget by $92,700. include: The commission also increased expen- The addition of an extra $200,000 ditures by $116,859 to cover the Sheriff's received from sales taxes in 2014.Office information technology budget An additional $200,000 in revenue and by $80,657 to hire a new public de- from the Department of Natural Re-fender. Commissioners and county staff sources, repeatedly brought up the "bow wave" An additional $285,000 in unex- the budget created, meaning that the pended funds from the 2014 budget.2015 budget adds expenses, such as new An additional $250,000 from the hires, that the county will continue to in- Department of Corrections' Swift and cur in years to come. Certain funding for 2015, which pays for incarceration of probation violators in Mason County Jail. U A s o N C 0 U N r V An additional $200,000 in antici- pated sales tax for 2015. The addition of $300,000 from the county's road fund diverted to the gen- SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN LEVEL 3 NOTIFICATION OF T-IC~NSIENT/HOMELESS STATUS Date: December 5, 2014 Prepared by: Detective William Adam Bulletin#: 14-33 The Mason County Sheriff's Office Is releasing the foliowhtg info~ pm~m to RCW 4.24.550 end the Washington State Supreme Court #cdsion in ~t v~.Wa which authorizes law ~-lforccmen t agencies to inform the public of a sex and/or kidnapping 0fiZmders release when; in the discretion of the agency, the release of inthrraatino will enhance public safety and protection~ The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex told/or kidr~pping offim~ that r~uiles rcgisffatinn with I~ She~ff's Off]ca in the co~mty of their residence, Further, their previol*$ criminal history pln~es them in a classification level which reflects the potel~tlal to re-offend. This sex and/or kidnapping offender has served the sentance imposed on him by the courts and has advised the Mason County SherifFs Office that he will be living in the tera~on below, HE IS ~ WANTED BY THE POLICE AT THIS TIME. TEllS NOTIFICATION IS NOT Il~rENDED TO INCREASE FEAR, RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INF~RMIgD PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC. The Mason Cmmty Sheriff's Office has ho legal authority to din~ where a sex and/or khtnapping offender my or may not live Unless eomt ordered restrictions exist, this offend~is eortstimtionally free to live wherever he chooses, Sex and/or kidnapping offenders have always lived in our anmmtmhies, but it wasn't until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandates s~r/kidnapptng offender regi#tration) that law cnforcenmnt even knew where they weJe liviag. In really case.s, law ellforeenana is now able to share that infonn~on with you, Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or l.alxass tug.tared sex and/or kidnapping o fief tde2a will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could pototislly end law cnforcexaent's ability to do community notifications, We believe the only persoa who wins if eommunitF notific,~tino ends is the sex/kidnapping offender, since scrdlddn0pping offold~s derive their power through secrecy, If you have any iqforma lion regardimz current criminal activity Of this or any other offender, olease cRll 9!1. For other sex and/or kidnapping offender information see: http://so.co.mason.wa.us/and go to: Off--h" KAZ AIRK JOSHUA MCKENZIE WHITE MALE - DOB: 09/12/81-5 09 -250 LBS. BROWN HAIR & BLUE EYES Kaz MeKenzie has recently moved to Mason County and is required to register as a sex offender for multiple sex offenses and convictions. On 03/14/I994, MeKeatzie was eonvieted of Indecent Liberties (Attempt) Class C Felony, Snohomish County Superior Court cause # 93-8-01300-1. This eonviztlon stems from MeKenzie at age I l, forcefully liftin&/pieking up and carrying an 8 year old glrl to a secluded wooded area, then sttempted for forcefully remove her clothing. McKanzie later admitted that his intent was to sexually assault the gift. This young girl was a stranger to McKcnzie. MeKenzie later disclosed that prior to the aforementioned conviction, he had ,sexually assaulted numerous young girls. MeKanzie was never adjudicated on these sexual assaults since the assaults occurred before he reached an age ofaeeountahility. On 06/14/2007, McKanzie was convicted of Rape of a Child 3'a Degre, e, Class C Felony, Skagit County Snperior Court cause # 06-1-0000595-2. This conviction stems from MeKcnzie at age 23, having sexual intercourse on multiple occasions with a 15 year old girl, This girl was a friend that he had met at an organized regular event. Due to all of the above factors, MeKenzie is considered a ttlGH RISK. _NOTE: MeKenzie is NOT on DOC Supervision ~ad his only reqnirement is to m~ister as a sex offender. MeKenzie is assessed by the Mason County Sheriff's Office as a Level 3 Sex 0flea .d~r. This is the highest level given to a Sex Offender, meaning that the subject is at a HIGH RISK to re-offand. MeKenzie has given his status in Mason county as: Transient/Homeless within Belfair, WA PUBLIC UTILITY DI The employees of Mason County PUD 3 are proud to live in such a beautiful area and have taken photos in and around Mason County to create this one-of-a-kind calendar. The calendar has many important tips for storm preparation and PUD 3 contact information, so it's always close at hand! 12 month calendar while supplies last available now! "This budget is ugly on the bow wave," Jeffreys said. Pinter said the bow wave will affect the 2016 and 2017 budget process and could be unsustainable in the future. Jeffreys commented on five new offi- cers for the Mason County Sheriffs Of- rice: "Our goal and our hope is to get to at least 1.5 officers per 1,000 (residents)." At the commission's Dec. 2 meeting, Jeff-reys proposed a motion, which later passed, to remove four of six full-time positions created in the Sheriffs Office budget, saying she was concerned the additions were not sustainable. However, all but one deputy position was replaced in the budget approved Tuesday, bringing the final number to five. "I don't think we get to the $4.7 mil- lion (reserve) that the treasurer has rec- ommended," Sheldon said, before voting against the budget. Sheldon was absent when the com- mission opened its budget hearing Dec. 1, He was present the next day at a con- tinuation of the hearing at which he said the county needed to reduce its budget before he could vote on it. "I don't think you would come dose to what I want," he said at the Dec. 2 meeting. Before voting Tuesday, Neatherlin asked Sheldon ffhe had any specific sug- gestions to further add to the reserve. "At this point, I haven't received any- thing, still," he said. "The decision has to be made." Sheldon objected to the form of bud- get briefings, saying that the commis- sion should have written out potential changes to the budget and then had each commissioner initial the changes to ap- prove them. "I agree with everything you said, but there's no recommendation for changes, so I guess I'm ready to vote," Neatherhn said.