October 20, 2009
"margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Ray Faini (fye-EEN-nee) has been down this road before. As
manager of the Washington State University Cooperative Extension in Chelan and Douglas Counties Faini often finds
himself at the bottom of the county budget food chain. This year Faini again finds himself in the
uncomfortable position of having to justify his department’s worth to Chelan County Commissioners as well as
fellow department heads as they consider an across the board 10 percent cut in spending in 2010. Faini maintains
that the cooperative extension is just as important as any other core function of government. Faini talked to
Steve Hair following the Commissioners Monday morning budget meeting. . .
. .6:16 “plug that up”
style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">During Monday’s discussions Commissioners said
the County’s bare-bones budget is now in an amputation situation. Its reported that up to 50 jobs might have
to be cut in order to balance the books next year.
style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">What do you think?