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Snohomish County eyeing hiring freeze, other steps in anticipation of fiscal challenges

Economic impacts of coronavirus pandemic expected to force major budget cuts

Series: Coronavirus | Story 43

Last updated 4/20/2020 at 5:07pm

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring announced a series of budget steps they are considering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a hiring freeze, eliminating any discretionary raises, canceling travel and training, and other fiscal management tools.

Early budget estimates predict that the county's General Fund budget may need to be cut by 10 percent or more due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These are unique times, and they call for preemptive action on the part of Snohomish County," Somers said. "With s...

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