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No significant changes in Port of Sunnyside budget for 2011

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Port of Sunnyside Engineer Bob Farrell explains to the commissioners Monday the purpose of the "YES Project," a partnership with Point Source Group. The group wishes to lay the groundwork to address local water quality issues and meets monthly.

Port of Sunnyside commissioners Jim Grubenhoff, Arnold Martin and Jeff Matson last night (Monday) heard a report on the preliminary 2011 budget.

The report, provided by Finance Officer Carol Carter, indicates the budget will increase by approximately 5 percent over 2010. The general fund for 2011 will be more than $1.55 million. The industrial waste water fund is projected to be more than $4.25 million, also 5 percent more than 2010.

In 2010 the port received more than $688,000 of its general fund revenue budget by August. It is estimated the revenues for the year will exceed the projected revenue by more than $56,000 by December. The excess is expected from land sales, which will exceed $100,000 over the projected budget.

The expenditures for 2010 have been less than expected, as well. Of the $1.48 million projected, the Port of Sunnyside has paid out more than $880,000 as of the end of August 2010. The 2011 expenditures are projected at more than $1.55 million.

For the industrial waste water budget revenues, it was anticipated the port district would receive more than $4.26 million. The revenues are now projected to exceed that figure by approximately $30,000.

Expenditures for the fund in 2010 were projected at more than $4.26 million, but they are now estimated to be lower by approximately $200,000. In 2011 the Port of Sunnyside projects the expenditures to exceed $4.25 million.

Carter told the commissioners she has requested 101 percent of the 2010 tax levy funds from Yakima County. New construction amounted to $7,000 in tax revenue.

Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen explained the additional 1 percent requested from the county. She said, "You can request last year plus 1 percent when calculating the budget revenue each year."

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