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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

06-11-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

'Approved Budget' sent to Board of County Commissioners

The Clackamas County Budget Committee sent the Approved Budget for fiscal year 2015-16 to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) last week. This budget is expected to pass and become official, with only minor changes if any, on June 25 at the regular BCC Business Meeting.

The Approved Budget totals approximately $679.8 million for general county departments and an all-funds budget, which includes other select county agencies and service districts (such as Water Environment Services and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District), of approximately $935.9 million.

The changes reflected in the Approved Budget and original departmental proposed budgets can be found at www.clackamas.us/budget/.

"Our economic indicators continue to be very positive, but the residents of Clackamas County deserve a fiscally prudent budget," stated County Administrator Don Krupp, who organizes the budget and its process. "That’s exactly what this Approved Budget will do – fund our departments at a stable level of resources to maintain essential services."

This note of fiscal caution is particularly relevant given the overarching and immediate issue facing county residents – the funding gap to provide adequate county road maintenance, currently estimated to be $17 million annually and growing. Fixing the problem now will save tens of millions of dollars in the long-term, as rebuilding roads costs 10 times as much as maintaining them.

Clackamas County has been educating the public about the immediacy of the problem through www.TheRoadAhead.us.

In recognition of this problem, the Budget Committee added a $1 million General Fund contribution to the Department of Transportation and Development (DTD). Because state law does not allow the General Fund to be used for road maintenance, DTD will use this money to pay for other priorities in 2015-16, freeing up $1 million for road surface treatment projects.

When added to the ongoing annual $500,000 that the Budget Committee allocated last year for the same purpose, the county’s total additional investment in road surface treatment projects is now $1.5 million for fiscal year 2015-16.

"We must invest in the safety and functionality of our roads," said Krupp. "The Budget Committee wisely decided to shift funds and help address this immediate issue. We’re doing all we can to respond to this need."

The Clackamas County Budget Committee allocated a small portion – less than three percent of the all-funds figure – specifically for ongoing or one-time activities that go above and beyond maintaining essential services. This amount is directly based on revenue that exceeded expectations during the last fiscal year.

Such critical funds, which all invest in the Clackamas County community, closely follow the priorities outlined by Performance Clackamas, the strategic plan adopted by the county last year. Just some of these projects, as categorized by Performance Clackamas priorities, include:

Ensure Safe, Healthy and Secure Communities

Build a Strong Infrastructure

Honor, Utilize, Promote and Invest in Our Natural Resources

Grow a Vibrant Economy

Build Public Trust through Good Government

For more information, members of the media may contact Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at dblaylock@clackamas.us or 503-742-5917

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