BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'
June 12, 2002
Commissioners' Conference Room
Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Bobby Green, Sr. was excused.† County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
11.† PUBLIC HEARINGS
a.† SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance No. 8-02/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 2 of Lane Code to Add Provisions Affecting Use of Property or Proceeds Received Under Article XV 10(7)(c) of the Oregon Constitution (LM 2.920).
Jeff Towery, Budget Analyst, explained the language in the ordinance brings the Lane Code current with language in the Oregon Constitution as a result of the passage of Ballot Measure 3.† He added it didnít affect the decision making process the county uses when utilizing civil forfeiture or budgeting the funds gained from civil forfeiture.
Thad Buchanan, Interim Chief of Police, City of Eugene, said their goal is to continue the operation of the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team.† He said they would now fund the operations of INET through general fund dollars.† He said the distribution of forfeiture money would go to the various agencies based on a formula established by population.† He noted the Countyís portion would come to Lane County to be used under the auspices of Ballot Measure 3.
Sorenson asked what the money would be used for.
Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, responded that the language that was passed was to use the money for any general fund purpose if it is dedicated that way.† He said this was a lot less money and it was different than before.† He said the money could be used for anything.† He added if the Board didnít adopt the motion, the money would go toward treatment.
Wilson noted that, to the state or any of its political subdivisions, the monies are to be used exclusively for drug treatment, unless law specifically provides for another disposition.† She added the legislature then adopted a statute that said monies in the account may not be used for law enforcement and must be for drug treatment, unless another use is specifically provided by ordinance or another law.† She said the ballot measure and the implementing statute allows local government to decide how it should be used.
Buchanan noted the City of Eugene adopted a similar ordinance.† He said they made a decision to use up to $200,000 for drug treatment.† He said the benefit is the flexibility of spending the money.
Commissioner Dwyer opened up the Public Hearing.† There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION: to adopt Ordinance No. 8-02.
Morrison MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.
ROLL CALL VOTE: 4-0.†
There being no further business, Commissioner Dwyer adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.