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Children's Services closes Duvall office

DUVALL - Children's Services of Sno-Valley (CSSV), feeling the pinch of tight economic times, has started to make cuts to its operation.

The North Bend-based agency, which provides an array of social services to families throughout the Valley, decided last week to close its location in Duvall and lay off one part-time, front-office position due to budget constraints, though some programs will continue to be offered by other means.

Close to 10 percent of the agency's budget comes from government funds, which is down from 25 percent in previous years.

The current Duvall location, 15904 Main St., had become inadequate. A new location had been sought soon after the office was opened two years ago due to lack of parking and being next to a busy street.

But the $22,000 needed to renovate a building the agency had its eye on was too great.

CSSV Executive Director John Stout said the agency's Board of Directors decided to close the current location after realizing the money needed to renovate a new one in Duvall would put CSSV into debt.

"We would have had a debt that would have hung over our heads for about three years," he said. "Given the current economic climate, we decided that wasn't the best thing to do."

Two of the most popular programs run out of the Duvall location, a toddler program and an indoor playground, will be shut down indefinitely. Other CSSV programs will be held in the homes of clients, or out of Cherry Valley Elementary School.

"The Riverview School District has been very helpful," Stout said.

The agency's operations in North Bend, which include a day program at its main facility, and in Snoqualmie, which include a day program run out of the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, have not been slated for any cuts.

Stout said that does not mean those cuts will not happen, and he does not have much hope for the immediate future as well.

In general, social-service agencies will likely be forced to make additional cuts in the next few years, Stout said. Government funding comprises a large portion of the money that goes to agencies like CSSV, but that funding will probably be spent on providing mandatory services, such as emergency services, courts and education.

Coupled with voter-approved initiatives that limit taxing, Stout said the situation for social services looks dire.

"There is nothing there, the pot is empty," he said. "We can't spend mo

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