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COMMISSIONERS ADOPT COUNTY BUDGET THAT PRESERVES SERVICES

News Release from Lane Co. Government

Posted on FlashAlert: June 13th, 2023 10:36 AM

The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (FY 23–24) budget today. The County balanced a $7.26 million deficit in its General Fund without layoffs or cuts in services.

“Once again, we are pleased to present a budget to our community that preserves community services, expands services in critical areas, and makes strategic adjustments to slow the growth of expenses over the long term,” said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “Just like families who create a household budget, we have to make smart decisions about how we spend limited taxpayer resources.”

Key investments in the County’s FY 23–24 budget include:

  • 2 additional FTE in the District Attorney’s Death Investigations program
  • Increasing the part-time Program Specialist position in Emergency Management to full-time
  • Investment in the creation of a Behavioral Health Stabilization Center
  • Funding provided by two levies recently approved by voters: the new five-year Lane County Parks levy and the renewal of the five-year Public Safety Levy

Lane County’s budget is comprised of 33 separate funds. The vast majority of these funds are healthy and structurally balanced. Lane County’s most distressed fund continues to be the General Fund because it relies on limited revenue from Lane County’s $1.28 per $1,000 of assessed value property tax rate, one of the lowest rates in Oregon.

“Our budget is not simply a collection of 33 separate funds,” said Mokrohisky. “It’s an interconnected web that must work together to support the needs of our residents. Our goal over the next two years is to close the structural gap between revenues and expenses in our distressed funds – including the General Fund – through a combination of expense reductions, alternate funding sources, and the modest use of reserves to minimize the effects on our services to residents.”

Adoption of the budget followed approval by the Lane County Budget Committee, which is made up of the five elected county commissioners and five appointed residents. The Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget, conducts public meetings and hearings, and discusses possible changes leading up to approval of the budget.

More information about Lane County’s budget process is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/Budget.

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