SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish County Health Board announced a new round of reductions in local public health programs and staff at the Board's monthly meeting on Aug. 11. Effective Oct. 1, the cuts will terminate or reduce service in 6 programs at Snohomish Health District, and lay off 20.3 full-time equivalents (FTE), representing more than 25 Health District staff.
The following programs or positions were eliminated:
In addition, $150,000 in funds for emergency preparedness was eliminated.
This is the third reduction in force in seven months, dropping the total employee count to 205, a 22% percent reduction compared to 262 total staff in August 2008.
Despite earlier cuts, a short-term loan from Snohomish County, a year-long hiring freeze, and increased fees for services, the Health District fell short of a balanced budget by $200,000 in 2009 and faced a projected $1.2 million shortfall in 2010.
Celebrating 50 years of service in 2009, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.