At a hearing on March 31, the Board of Clark County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution that urges Clark County residents to help the local economy by shopping within the county.
At the same time, the Board resolved that "to the extent practicable, we will expend economic recovery funds on products and services that are key to supporting the local economy."
County Administrator Bill Barron reported that Clark County may receive an estimated $12 million in economic recovery funds from the federal government as part of the taxpayer-sponsored economic recovery package that Congress has approved and President Obama has signed into law.
The Board also resolved to spend any stimulus funds available to "maximize the creation of jobs and restore local economic growth and opportunity by spending economic recovery funds on products and services that help keep Americans employed."
The resolution recognizes that the economic downturn is having a serious impact in every corner of America and that local taxes pay for essential public services, including law enforcement.
The complete text of the resolution is available on the county's Web site at http://www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/hearings/documents/033109_ca_1.pdf