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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Doing more with less

Medical Lake administrator laments growth limitations — and that’s OK by him

 

January 10, 2019

The worn desk and cluttered, unadorned office at the back of the Medical Lake City Hall mirror the condition of the town that City Administrator Doug Ross manages: frugal.

The city itself, long stuck at a population hovering around 5,000, according to U.S. Census data, might serve as a case study in how a small, tax-constricted municipality manages to continue serving its citizens on a carefully balanced shoe string budget.

It’s all a tight and often-misunderstood balancing act, Ross said in a wide-ranging interview on Friday, Jan. 4.

“I understand that people think we do things diffe...



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