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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


Last updated 1/10/2019 at 4:46pm

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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