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June 21, 1994
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 1:30 p.m.

Chair Jerry Rust presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi, Marie Frazier and Jack Roberts present. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.

5.    COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

b.    DISCUSSION/In the Matter of Adopting the 1994-95 Budget, Making Appropriations and Levying Taxes.

(Continued from morning discussion.)

Sheriff Bob McManus presented a proposal, based on discussions during the morning meeting. He referred to the $100,000 that could be transferred from capital money to bonded indebtedness for the jail roof, the proposal to use $50,000 of video lottery economic development money which he believes could be substantiated based on 1992 and 1993 property crime statistics, the potential of $134,000 income from bed rental by the U.S. Marshall, and $150,000 from deleting positions for the Mapleton, Junction City and Marcola resident deputy positions. With the use of this money ($434,000), only three resident deputies would be lost, as well as 10 beds at the jail, which McManus indicated was a "balanced approach". He stated that he was committed to work with jail staff and the U.S. Marshall to make the bed situation work. With this plan, McManus stated they would be able to keep the Intake Center open temporarily and, if the revenue holds, then perhaps all year. He asked for the caveat that if this revenue isn't found, he would like the authority to make the appropriate reductions in his department. McManus indicated that now is the time for faith and trust.

7.    PUBLIC HEARING

a.    Special Tax Hearing. (Bill Van Vactor)

Van Vactor briefly introduced this item. Rust observed that the Board had already reached a decision NOT to go out for any levy in September.

Rust opened the Public Hearing.

Lt. Glen Rader, Oregon State Police, Springfield, spoke in support of the Lane County Sheriff and District Attorney. His complete testimony is included in his letter in the record (see material on file).

Lt. Mike Reinecke, Oregon State Police, Florence, spoke in support of the Lane County Sheriff and District Attorney. His complete testimony is included in his letter in the record (see material on file).

Kevin Spillman, 27565 Cox Butte Road, Junction City, stated that he was a Volunteer Search Coordinator with Lane County Search and Rescue. He spoke in support of the Sheriff's position that the resident deputies are very vital to their operations, particularly during a search.

Rust closed the Public Hearing, noting there was not a need to discuss a tax levy at this point.

5.    COUNTY ADMINISTRATION

b.    DISCUSSION/In the Matter of Adopting the 1994-95 Budget, Making Appropriations and Levying Taxes.

(Continued from earlier in the meeting.)

Rust reiterated the Sheriff's earlier proposal. Roberts clarified that the actual amount of reduction is $399,000 since $35,000 is for the two positions which were reclassified, resulting in a savings. He noted that this would then necessitate only $99,000 from U.S. Marshall revenue. Roberts stated he is supportive of the plan, but asked for a commitment, on the part of the Board and the Sheriff, to keep the jail beds open and find other revenue if the U.S. Marshall's revenue does not come in. McManus stressed that he does have a commitment to making the plan work. Rust expressed support of McManus' plan. Roberts asked that the Sheriff come back to work with the Board to find other funding mechanisms if the money runs short. McManus emphasized that he has no problem coming back to the Board to share information and work together to solve the problem. Responding to Frazier's question with regard to changing four or five positions from sworn deputies to civilian positions, McManus stated that had been done and other positions are also being looked at. Rust asked for a report back, prior to next year's budget cycle, with regard to the concept of civilian versus sworn positions - the numbers involved and the legal requirements.

Wilson stated that, if this is the package the Board wishes to use, then it needs to make a statement that it believes there is a reasonable connection to economic development for both prosecution and the Sheriff's Office in holding down the crime rate and encouraging tourism, to provide the ties to economic development on record with regard to the use of video lottery funds. Roberts suggested that perhaps the video lottery dollars be used as a supplement or partial payment of each of the six resident deputies that are being funded. MOTION: That the budget be finalized, with the Sheriff's most recent proposal as the Public Safety piece. Drivas clarified that this is in concept/round numbers and that budget staff would implement that with exact dollars for tomorrow's public hearing. Roberts MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. VOTE: 5-0.

3.       COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rust announced that he would be submitting an item, authored by Justice Peterson, for an upcoming agenda dealing with the concept of a "Senior Justice" who would be appointed to deal with resolution of disputes. Rust indicated he would provide a copy of his agenda memorandum to the other two justices.

Rust asked Roberts to work on some financial arrangements with the General Services Administration with regard to the Child Care Center.

Roberts thanked Rust for his leadership during the budget discussions.

8.    OTHER BUSINESS

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:18 p.m.

 

Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary

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