Clackamas County is encouraging all residents and stakeholders to complete a survey rating various services that it offers to the public.
Public feedback on the value of services is needed regarding the upcoming fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. There is an anticipated budget gap, as the county faces declining state/federal revenues, general increases in the cost of doing business, and rising financial obligations.
Results from the survey will be sent to Clackamas County Administrator Gary Schmidt, as he seeks to formulate and present a proposed budget for the county’s Budget Committee next spring.
Results will be released publicly and sent to the members of the Budget Committee itself, which is made up of five members of the public and the Board of County Commissioners.
Clackamas County balanced its current fiscal year budget, as required by law.
“The end result of this process will be a sustainable budget that is lean and effective,” stated County Administrator Gary Schmidt. “We’re becoming more efficient to live within our means.”
Clackamas County has already taken several measures to cut costs, including Schmidt’s instituting of a hiring freeze. An internal outreach campaign toward employees seeks to find other ways to save and become more efficient.
“I think most county residents would be surprised to learn that less than 19% of the property taxes they pay go to the county to support general operations,” added Schmidt.
The survey, which takes 7-10 minutes to complete, groups services into the following pages/categories:
- Public Health
- Vulnerable Populations
- Planning, Development, Taxation & Finance
- General Public Services
- Law and Justice