From: Tim Heider, Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911
Media and Interested Parties
The Board of County Commissioners formally adopted the fiscal year 2018-19 budgets earlier today.
The action followed a series of public meetings and hearings by the county’s budget committee in late May and early June. The newly adopted budgets total $1,114,201,385, which includes property taxes, dedicated state and federal funds, grants and other revenue sources.
The adopted general budget for Clackamas County is $846,819,667 million.
“This is a balanced and prudent budget that the residents of Clackamas County expect and deserve,” stated County Administrator Don Krupp. “Clackamas County will continue to provide a wide array of excellent and needed services to our community.”
Housing Affordability and Other Policy Level Proposals
The new budget includes several new initiatives. One addresses a growing need to provide housing options, another redirects marijuana tax revenue to address concerns arising from legalization, and the third adds staffing to open 26 unused jail beds.
This year, commissioners are committing an ongoing $1.2 million from the general fund to address the need for more housing that is affordable to low-income people. This funding will be directed toward assisting development housing communities and services delivery to homeless, disabled and people with low incomes to help them find and stay in housing.
This proposal seeks to help alleviate some of the effects of the local housing crisis. The county has been invested in tackling this crisis for some time. Two new projects related to the crisis already underway are:
- The Rosewood Terrace project, in Happy Valley, will create 212 new housing units; the largest affordable housing facility that the county has ever built.
- Pleasant Avenue Veterans Housing, in partnership with Northwest Housing Alternatives and located in Oregon City, is a 24-unit, fully subsidized project, serving chronically homeless and severely low-income veterans and their families.
Some funding decisions will be influenced by the county’s Housing Affordability and Homelessness Task Force.
Other Policy Level Proposals included in this year’s budget are:
- Marijuana revenue tax distribution: Relates to a new distribution formula for marijuana tax revenue to fund Code Enforcement, prevention education, community partnerships for education, and law enforcement activities related to marijuana businesses.
- Ongoing support to open 26 jail beds at the Clackamas County Jail: Funding for six deputies needed to for full utilization of 26 additional, unopened jail beds. Funding will provide security along with materials and services.
The adopted budgets for county-governed districts and agencies are:
- Clackamas County Development Agency, $61,040,247
- Clackamas County Enhanced Law Enforcement District, $7,360,027
- Clackamas County Extension and 4-H Service District, $8,742,490
- Library District of Clackamas County, $21,533,051
- North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, $49,488,140
- Street Lighting Service District No. 5, $3,353,237
- Water Environment Services, $115,864,526
For more information, members of the media and public may contact Tim Heider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-742-5911.