Clark County fares well in Senate capital budget

first_imgA new regional crisis center for Clark County didn’t make the cut, but several other big projects got earmarked for funds in the $3.8 billion 2017-2019 capital budget released Tuesday by the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.The budget directs $48.8 million in new appropriations for projects in Vancouver and around the county that include a new center to treat adolescents experiencing substance abuse or mental health issues, as well as improvements to streets, schools and buildings for schools and local nonprofits.Mark Brown, lobbyist for both the cities of Vancouver and Ridgefield, said that the county’s legislative delegation was particularly successful in landing new appropriations in a budget cycle where appropriations were dominated by construction projects for schools.“This is a year where it’s impossible to get everything,” said Brown. “You should be grateful for anything, but the fact is we did much better than anything.”The capital budget has a different function than the state’s operating and transportation budgets and allocates money for the acquisition and maintenance of land, buildings and equipment. Nearly half of the proposed capital budget goes toward supporting facilities for both K-12 and higher education. Twenty-nine percent goes toward natural resources-oriented projects, nearly 9 percent toward facilities for human services and 14 percent for general government projects.last_img read more

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