It's budget season for municipalities and counties all over Oregon. Tuesday night, the Eugene City Manager offered his recommendations on how to plug a $2.5 million budget gap. A few blocks away, Lane County's administrator was doing the same. The immediate outlook is much rosier for the county.
Interim Administrator Alicia Hays delivered her budget message to the Lane County Budget Committee, saying it has been a rocky year for the county. Despite this…
Hays: "This is a turning point. Residents who have become accustomed to hearing stories about the ever-dwindling Lane County budgets are getting a break from that refrain."
The proposed budget does not include any significant cuts, in part, according to Hays, because the county reserved some funds from last year's federal timber payment. Hays says the county is budgeting to add four public safety staff in Fiscal Year 2015, with three of those being in the District Attorney's office.
Although the outlook for this year's budget is stable…
Sorenson: "Roughly a year from now is when we're going to be staring down the barrel of a $6 million cut in our discretionary/general fund."
Commissioner Pete Sorenson suggested the committee consider implementing some cuts this year to help ease that burden. The Lane County Budget Committee will now debate the proposed budget and take public input before passing on a final recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.