Plans for a $2.78 million Pend Oreille County government office building have been shelved due to budget uncertainties.
Public Works Director Paul Wilson said county commissioners recently decided to wait a couple of years before constructing a new building. He said county commissioners were worried about several things that could cause county revenues to fluctuate unpredictably.
The county may have to refund as much as $910,631 in disputed “privilege tax” receipts to the independent Pend Oreille County Public Utility District.
This is also the last year the county will receive deferred sales tax payments from the Ponderay Newsprint plant, and impact payments from Boundary Dam could be affected by contract renewal negotiations, Wilson said.
The proposed building would replace space lost in the former Key Tronic building and eliminate overcrowding in the Hall of Justice. The county Mental Health Department moved out of the Key Tronic building earlier this year at the request of the new owner, Northwest Composites of Marysville, Wash.
Community Colleges of Spokane, which has satellite classes in the Northwest Composites building, will move out by the end of June. , DataTimes
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