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In Kent to save the Auburn Public Health Clinic

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Those who came to our Budget Committee's third public budget hearing at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent spoke about a number of issues: funding for public defenders, maintaining public safety for those who come to the King County Courthouse and for programs that aid renters who are facing illegal evictions.

But the majority of the 40 speakers came to address a single issue: the proposed closure of the Auburn Public Health Center and the impact it would have on the lives of residents in southeast King County.

Speakers from the social justice organization El Comite discussed the services the center provides to the growing Latino community. An EMT told the committee the closure of the clinic would lead to an increase in 911 calls for him because people would be unable to medical assistance until it became an emergency.

Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, flanked by members of the Auburn City Council, talked about the regional impact the proposed closure would have, as the clinic it serves not only the cities of Auburn, Algona and Pacific, but also works with the Muckleshoot Tribe in providing health care services.

The County’s budget impacts lives—that is why we want to hear from you.

Our meeting in Kent was the third of the four special night meetings where you can tell the Budget Committee your budget priorities. Please join us on Wednesday, October 29 here at the County Courthouse for the committee’s last public hearing on the 2015-2016 Budget.

See our Facebook page for a gallery of the Kent meeting.

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