Yakima County adopts 2013 budget with major reductions

Yakima County adopts 2013 budget with major reductions
YAKIMA COUNTY -- Yakima County finalized its budget with major cuts across departments.

The county was projected to spend a million dollars more than it had. To avoid that, Yakima County pulled close to $800,000 from reserves and cut funding.

We told you about those cuts earlier this week; layoffs at the jail and in the court ssytem.

However, commissioners feel things will turn around.

"Things will improve. We are working to make a better use of DOC facilities and even increase bed rentals through out 2013," said Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita.

Yakima County is working to create a regional jail facility with the City of Yakima.

Next year, the county will also shift millions from its roads fund to cover debt payments.