MACHIAS, Maine — Although the Washington County commissioners had hoped to finalize the 2010 county budget Thursday, they decided instead to keep working on some health insurance issues.

The process is working well, Chairman Chris Gardner said Friday morning.

“We came out of the gate with a pretty good budget,” he said. Proposed initially at just 1.7 percent over the current budget, it has been trimmed to a 1 to 2 percent decrease, Gardner said.

“Right now we are hammering out some health care issues, trying to contain costs, and so we are not quite done yet,” Gardner said. He estimated one more meeting will complete the process and the $6 million budget will be ready for adoption.

The next budget advisory board meeting is set for noon Monday, Nov. 16.