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August 31, 1998
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

Copies of draft WDFW budget available; Commission review set for Sept. 3

OLYMPIA— Copies of the preliminary draft 1999-2001 biennial budget and legislative request package for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are available for public review.

Summaries of the draft budget and request legislation may be obtained at WDFW regional offices statewide and at the 5th floor reception desk of the Department's headquarters in the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE., Olympia.

The deadline for receipt of written public comment on the budget proposal is Sept. 8. Written comments should be addressed to Jo Roller, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or faxed to (360) 902-2947.

Meanwhile, the Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for the agency, is scheduled to be briefed on the draft budget proposal and legislation package in a workshop beginning at 3 p.m., Sept. 3, in the Lakeside 1 Room of the Aladdin Motor Inn, 900 Capitol Way S., Olympia.

Commissioners will take public testimony and consider approving the draft budget and request package at a Sept. 11 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building. After the Commission acts on the budget and legislation package it will be submitted to the state Office of Financial Management.

Improved agency-wide financial management and business practices are the top priority of the draft budget package. The agency budget proposal also reflects Department priorities including wild salmon restoration, enhanced non-consumptive wildlife activities and other recreational opportunities, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and a commitment to strong, local public service.