LANE COUNTY

BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING

May 20, 2003

5:15 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 4/22/04

 

Chair David Crowell presided with Scott Bartlett, Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Mary Ann Holser, Tom Lininger, Kathy Keable and Peter Sorenson present.  Francisca Johnson was present via telephone.  Anna Morrison was excused. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

I. CALL TO ORDER

 

Chair David Crowell called the meeting to order.

 

II. COMMITTEE BUSINESS  

 

Crowell discussed the ground rules.

 

Dave Garnick, Senior Budget Analyst, explained there is one item in general expense, Addendum 2 that has to do with the proposed budget that is an adjustment, not an add package

 

Tanya Heaton, Senior Budget Analyst, added they created a fund and moved the current changes. She proposed moving $931,041 from the reserve in the benefit fund 614 to the new reserve fund 714.

 

MOTION: to tentatively approve the employee benefit fund.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Bartlett SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 9-0.

 

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

May 1, 2003 Minutes of  Meeting.

 

MOTION: to approve the Minutes of the May 1, 2003 meeting.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Green SECONDED.

 

VOTE: 9-0.

 

IV. FINANCIAL REVIEW

Van Vactor recalled when they received all the budgets in January, the deficit was $4.5 million.  He added at the same time under the service information sheet process, public safety, direct services and support services met and ranked their programs.  He said the entire general fund departments met and merged their rankings to reach the $4.5 million deficit target.  He said they also re-evaluated the balance in the employee benefits fund and concluded that it would be appropriate to remove $527,000  to make available to the general fund.  He said within the next few years of personnel administration, they could reduce the costs to benefits in the amount of $500,000 from the general fund.  He added that the A & T revenue was up $250,000.  He said they still have $2,250,000 and they were still required to recommend a proposed budget that proposes the closing of the 84 bed unit at the jail, half of the Pathways drug and alcohol program for youth, and over $350,000 worth of reductions to the District Attorney.  He noted the Board tentatively approved the funds in the budgets for the departments and the budget is now balanced.  He stated that Oregon Law requires Lane County to adopt a balanced budget.

 

Van Vactor commented that to actually achieve the savings, they have to have an agreement with the collective bargaining units.  He stated the anticipated savings are not certain.  He commented it had been tough to balance the budget, but they have proposed a balanced budget and there is an opportunity to avoid trouble in the future by not spending more.

 

Garnick recalled in 1991 and 1992 Lane County faced the same situation with funding.  He said at that time they cut $6 million and 181 positions.  He said the rate of growth does not keep up with expenses.  He said they are seeing .5% growth in the revenue with expenses at about 4 to 6% overall.  He noted they were phasing in retiree costs and this year the cost is 3%.  He was also concerned about the fees, grants and contract revenues  not being able to keep up with the growth rate.  He said as costs continue to grow, there will be more pressure on the discretionary general fund.  He was concerned about using savings that aren’t really there if they don’t achieve the negotiated benefit.  He noted that $500,000 might disappear and they transferred $527,000, one time from the benefits fund.

 

With regard to PERS reform, Garnick passed out a packet  He noted the average employer contribution would have been 16.5% but it is dropping down to 7.9%.  He said that is the rate that is supposed to be implemented July 1.  He stated the rate they have for the projected employer rate is 7.57% but in December they built into the base budget 13.18.%  He said the current rate they have budgeted is 10.75%.  He said they might only have 1.8% of additional room to work with.  He added if they spend the money now and the reforms are reversed, within a year they would have double the deficit because they would have spent the money they didn’t have.  He said the recommendation is to not go further than they had already gone.

 

V.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Marshall Peter, 2602 Agate St., Executive Director, Direction Services, reported that human and educational services are being devastated.  He said there is an unraveling of services and support that will have an impact on the elderly and some children and the safety and quality of the community.  He said that reduction in human services lead to increased costs in other areas, including increased demands on public safety and hospitals.  He said that non-profits in Lane County deliver first-rate services at cut-rate prices while delivering and leveraging other sources of support.  He said if the programs go away, they would be difficult to recreate.  He urged the Board to increase the allocations to the area it was last year, $598,000.  He commented that money invested in the Human Services Commission is more than returned in other community savings.   He said the most vulnerable citizens depend on the Board’s support of the Human Services Commission.

 

Joy Marshall, Stand for Children, reiterated the need to fund the Human Services Commission.  She thanked the Board for funding Lane County Cares last year, focusing on young children to make quality environments for day care centers.  She added they also obtained federal funds and had a successful first year of the program.  She noted that over 500 children had benefited.  She didn’t want to lose support for the program.  She asked for $20,000 from the County and from the City of Eugene.  She commented that the smartest place to put public dollars is in proven and effective children’s programs for the youngest children.  She said it would prevent a number of them from being in poor or supervised care.

 

Jan Aho, Dexter, stated she is a member of the Human Services Network.    She said they wanted to maintain their current network of agencies.   She said they came up with a budget that represents what could be managed in these difficult times.  She asked the Board to support the Human Services Commission.

 

Jim Forbes, Looking Glass, 72 B Centennial Loop, stated he hoped the Board could find a way for Pathways to keep going.

 

Peter Warburg, Public Defender, stated that he works with Pathways and it is an outstanding program.  He hoped the Board would save the beds at Pathways.

 

Janetta Ouechels, Humane Society, stated the animal situation in Lane County is serious.  She said she is already receiving phone calls about kittens and cat overpopulation.  She explained the health issues could be major.  She said if they have a lot of feral cats, the potential for rabies is there. She stated studies show there is a correlation between violence against animals and violence against humans.

 

Lori Cochrane, Cottage Grove, Volunteer for LCARA,  said she had been with LCARA for a year and had seen neglect, abuse and abandonment of animals.

 

Susan Ban, Shelter Care, asked the Board to save the Royal Avenue Program, a crisis intervention program.  She said they need to find funds to patch the program together as they look for long-term solutions.   She said because of the Oregon Health Plan changes, their major source of billing had gone away.  She noted that most of the people they serve have lost their mental health benefits.  She stated it is an essential service for adults with severe psychiatric disorders.  She said they serve over 550 individuals every year.  She asked for a one-time $90,000 gap filler out of a $300,000 gap they are trying to fill.  She said that Royal Avenue had consistently been highly prioritized in the mental health system, along with White Bird Crisis system.

 

Tom Warren, Dexter, supported funding LCARA.  He said LCARA’s policy is that in cases of abuse and neglect people are supposed to call LCARA and report it.  He said the County would have litigation against it if they didn’t bring back the positions.  

 

Dorothy Kilmer, Family Nurse Practitioner, Cottage Grove, asked the Board not to cut the hours that had been proposed for the public health clinics in rural communities.   

 

Joan Smart, 2509  Viewmont, Springfield, had concerns about cats if Lane County no longer accepts them.

 

Ellen Thomas, 377 W. 22nd, Eugene, stated she works for Lane County Mental Health.  She supported the sex offender treatment program.  She said it was essential for the safety of children to have a program like that.  She was concerned about the cuts that were going to take place with services that could not be provided in the private sector for indigent clients.

 

Tom Cleveland, 1430 Willamette, stated he is the general manager of Community Television.  He asked the Board to accept a $7,500 allocation for the Community Television services contract.  He asked that they take the money from the general fund reserve.  He commented that Community Television greatly leverages the County’s budget support by providing the only television forum for in depth discussions about specific County issues.  He stated that local television stations do not have the resources to provide more than sound bite coverage of issues, ballot measures and elected officials proposals.  He said their station was the best resource for involving citizens to develop solutions to local problems.

 

Randy Lord, Co-Founder of Very Little Theatre Company and Impact Hearts, a non-profit and community outreach  for programs for youth.  He said most students he works with are at-risk.  He added he is a board member at Community Television.  He sees Community Television as a classroom to teach students involved in videography and broadcasting.  He said Community Television is 100% volunteer.  He asked the Board to consider their continued support for Community Television.

 

Deanna Diehl, 1343 Taft Street, stated she is a volunteer at LCARA.  She was concerned about losing an animal welfare officer.   

 

Dwayne Barnes, Jasper, discussed rural road safety and the need for more deputies for a traffic team.  He stated it is a problem in rural Lane County.  He asked the Board to add more deputies to the traffic team so people in East Lane County can feel like they are being served like the others in Lane County.

 

Jeannie Sapienza, Junction City, said she was concerned about the budget cuts for LCARA.  She said if the cuts were made, there would be public safety issues that will go unanswered.  She said there is a potential for opening up the County to lawsuits.  She added that shelter for cats would be cut.  She stated that Lane County Code 7.015 states the powers and duties of Animal Regulation shall be as follows:  1) To enforce those provisions of the Animal Control Code and ORS Chapter 609 applicable to Lane County pursuant to LC 7.010 and to discharge the duties provided therein; 2) To maintain a contract with the maintenance of an animal shelter or other place for all animals that is subject to impoundment and be kept and safely held and provided with proper and sufficient food and water; 3) To collect or provide by contractually authorized private vendors any costs, fees and chargers herein after provided for the licensing, impounding and keeping of any animal.  She believed the County would be in non-compliance with County Code.  She added the current budget for LCARA needs additional funding to be in compliance.  She added that another problem that needs immediate remedy is Lane Code Animal Regulation 7.060 that relates to impounding regulations and disposition of impounded dogs should be expanded to also include cats as far as a holding period is concerned.  She said the code states that the Animal Regulation Authority shall keep any dog impounded for a period of 72 hours.  She added the 72-hour hold would provide time for the cat’s caregiver to come to the shelter and recover the cat.

 

Kida Datsun, 1610 Taney St., stated she works for the Bethel School District.  She noted a few months ago she was asked to join the triage committee for the Eugene Community Safety  Net.  She noted between October 24 and April 24, they triaged 517 child abuse reports and followed up on 288.  She commented they only serve two zip codes in the Eugene area.  She asked the Board to fund the Eugene Safety Net.

 

Ellen Sather, Vida, supported an additional deputy for a traffic team.

 

Mike Fleck, 1125 E. Harrison, Cottage Grove, stated he is a City Councilor of Cottage Grove.  He asked the Board to keep the rural health clinics.

 

Diana Rogers, Eugene, read a letter into the record.  (Copy in file.)

 

Brooks Fahey, Executive Director, Predator Defense Institutive, P.O. Box 546, Eugene, stated it is an organization that came in existence in 1990.  He urged the Board to follow through and discontinue funding for the USDA Animal Damage Control program.  He commented it is a wasteful government subsidy and he didn’t think it was something the government should be doing.

 

Diana Robertson, 38623 Wheeler Road, stated she was speaking on behalf of more than 500 individuals and families who support LCARA, by donating items to their gift shop and volunteering.  She said these people want to see the minimum funding that LCARA has continue.

 

Tim Herman, 1965 Alder St Eugene, Administrator, Cottage Grove Hospital, asked the Board to consider the benefits that public health provides and to keep the clinics open.

 

Sarah Mason, P. O. Box 195, Dexter, supported maintaining or improving the funding for LCARA.

 

Greg Rundo, 11625 Henderson, stated he was working as an intern at Lane County Mental Health Sex Offender Treatment Unit.  He said he works with pedophiles and adult offenders.  He said if the Board cuts the budget, it would create a problem for the community and stop the process that takes place with families.  He said if there is no funding, a message is sent to those people that they are not worth it.

 

Diane Huntington, rural Lane County,  spoke in support of the budget for LCARA.    She stated other support groups in the county were in support of LCARA.  She asked the Board to do what they can to support LCARA.

 

Sister Monica, Volunteers In Medicine Clinic, 3321 W. 11th,  thanked the Board for the support last year and asked if they could continue to support them again this year.

 

Melanie Foster, 2307 Churchill St., thought they should think about changing from animal control to animal welfare as a slogan.  She commented it wasn’t a time for budget cuts, that they need a new shelter.  She asked for the Board’s help in keeping the shelter open.

 

Janice Niemela, 780 Mimosa, Eugene,  stated she is the Executive Director of  the Community Sharing Program in Cottage Grove.  She said sometimes the rural areas don’t get to participate at the levels they would like.  She said they are concerned about the human services funding that is being cut.  She stated her agency is the only one                                                  in South Lane County that provides basic needs assistance.  She said the proposed cuts mean they can’t serve the program at all.  She requested that those services be available to the South Lane County residents and that they not have to commute to Springfield and Eugene to get services.

 

Mary Anne Craig, 1306 Pleasant St., Springfield, was concerned about the uncontrolled overpopulation of animals who suffer and make neighborhoods a less safe and pleasant place to live because of cat fighting.

 

VI. BUDGET DISCUSSION GROUND RULES

 

Garnick discussed the ground rules for deliberations. (Copy in file.)

 

VII. BUDGET DISCUSSION

 

MOTION:  to move to consider the Community Television proposal to add $7,500 for Community Television services.  The identified portion would be funded from the interest on the general fund reserve.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Lininger SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  Bartlett, Sorenson, Holser, Lininger.              

 

MOTION:  to move for restoration of Animal Regulation Authority to $88,867 (Option 2.)

 

Bartlett MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

Crowell asked where the funding mechanism would come from.

 

Bartlett indicated it could come from outside education and travel from discretionary funds from within the County government.  He added it excludes any dedicated state or federal or non-available funds.  He noted instead of 30.92% in option one, it is only 25.61% for Option 2.  He stated the commissioners had been asked to forfeit 33% of their travel budget  and that was reasonable.

 

VOTE:  8-1 (Green dissenting.)

 

Bartlett withdrew the Commissioners’ extra help that he had proposed for $25,000. 

 

MOTION:  to move forward the Pathways A & D treatment, a range between $49,000 (for one bed) to $250,000 and requesting that the Sheriff and District Attorney’s budget look at their budgets to help fund this program.

 

Holser MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  8-1 (Crowell dissenting.)

 

MOTION:  to move the rural health clinics restoration to Step 5.

 

Lininger MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

MOTION:  to move the Program Service Coordinator under the add package..

 

Green MOVED, Lininger SECONDED.

 

Green noted this was modeled after the DYS model, where it would be a grant writer position.  He thought there would be long-term value overall coming out of the Sheriff’s Department

 

VOTE:  Keable, Lininger, Crowell, Green, Bartlett, Johnson.

 

MOTION:  to move that the Sheriff’s Traffic Team proposal be advanced to Step 5.

 

Dwyer stated he would vote for moving this forward for discussion purposes, but it didn’t mean that he would support it.

 

Lininger MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

MOTION:   to move approximately $70,000 from the economic development reserve to the Lane Workforce Partnership.

 

Sorenson MOVED.

 

Garnick stated that Chuck Forster, Lane Workforce Partnership, was prepared to go through the regular RFP process, which he had done before.

 

Green explained the governor had talked about a $10 to $14 million investment in community development.  He said to entertain this motion would be defeating the purpose of what their objectives are.  He said this would have a better chance at the state level.

 

Forster noted there were two options for them to secure funding.  He said one was to go through the video lottery process and the other option is to go through the governor’s office in the fall.  He said instead of taking money away from public health and public safety, he had other options.

 

Sorenson withdrew his motion.

 

MOTION:  to move long rage planning in Land Management to Step 5.

 

Lininger MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

Bartlett explained the LCARA issue is a public health and safety issue.   He said the connection between animal, child and domestic abuse is documented.  He said they have to make sure that LCARA has at least minimal staffing.  He noted in 1978 that LCARA had 28 staff members and if Lane County does nothing, staff would be reduced to 11.  He said restoring the positions would mean that LCARA could be open longer hours with more kennel activity.  He said if they show the City of Eugene that Lane County was willing to put up money for its share of the cattery,  then the City would meet them and provide money.  He said they need to expand licenses.  He noted only 13,000 out of 80,000 dogs are licensed.  He stated the revenue is currently $160,000 and they could triple that with the collection of licenses.

 

Dwyer commented that LCARA in its present form is dysfunctional.  He said there is no option for the County to get rid of LCARA.

 

Van Vactor commented the other departments would be impacted if LCARA would be given additional money.  He stated that when Management Team had met last time, County Administration indicated that it would find another $60,000 to put into the reserves.  He thought an alternative source of funding of the $88,000 could come from  that, as well as a significant impact on travel and education.  

 

Green thought using the reserve piece was the reasonable way to go.  He suggested looking at $28,800 and increasing the fines and licensing fees.  He thought they should look at the travel reserve.

 

Lininger expressed concern about taking money from the Sheriff and the District Attorney’s office from their travel account.

 

Holser commented that the proposed revenue was a method of sharing.  She thought they should be funding this as it is a core service and licensing should be part of it.

 

Sorenson explained the motion indicates they would get $88,000 put into Animal Regulation, with $60,000 taken from the sources that Van Vactor identified.  He thought it was prudent for the Budget Committee to anticipate $28,000 from additional licensing for fines and that those funds cannot be spent until they are received.  He said in that way they have achieved the restoration of $88,000 to Animal Regulation without the mechanism that was originally proposed that never anticipated any funds other than general funds.  He thought the Board could find the $28,000 in the ensuing year by the recommendation of the task force.  He added if the Board does not authorize the $28,000 or there is no revenue coming in, the Board was only authorizing $60,000.  He supported the motion. 

 

With regard to the cattery, David Suchart, Management Services, stated if they get the money from the City of Eugene then everything would work.  He said if they only have the money from the County, he and Wellington would figure out how to make the intent of the Board of Commissioners work.

 

MOTION:  to move to authorize $88,000 for LCARA beyond the current proposed budget previously agreed to and that $28,000 comes from additional fees not yet identified and $60,000 from the County reserve.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0

 

Holser explained that Pathways houses a hard core group of young males, mostly with alcohol,  drug and mental health issues.  She said it is a successful program with 60% to 70% reduction in crime.  She commented that taking any money from the small program is not good as they will lose $130,000 in federal money for the $250,000 that had already been cut.  She said to restore one bed that would serve two people is $49,000.  She requested that the Sheriff and the District Attorney look at their own budgets to see what they could find to keep Pathways.  She thought this could make a difference to the community.  She requested that the Budget Committee approve  potential support from $49,000 to $250,000, if it could be accumulated.  She asked if money shows up later, that it be put toward this program.

 

Van Vactor commented that Pathways didn’t fit in the way the departments went through their process.

 

Harcleroad thought that Pathways was important, but noted that his department had already taken a $500,000 hit.

 

Clements was supportive of the Pathways program but he was also supportive of other programs that had been cut.

 

Lininger supported the suggestion to find money for Pathways.  He suggested waiting until they could identify a precise proposal for funding it.

 

Holser recommended they give Pathways time to look for additional money.

 

MOTION:  to move that the Budget Committee recommends that Pathways move for primary consideration if funds appear later in the year.

 

Holser MOVED, Johnson SECONDED.

 

Green thought there should be some type of system to have the restorations added back.  He wanted criteria identified.

 

VOTE:  8-1 (Crowell dissenting).

 

Lininger explained the original staff proposal was to cut the three clinics in rural areas.  He said that outlying clinics give hundreds of immunizations to young children.  He said the programs also do prevention work and family planning.  He added there is no alternative in the communities.  He didn’t think it was likely that all of the people would go to Eugene if they only made the services available in Eugene.  He said they should be careful not to cut rural programs and only retain centralized urban programs.  He noted that Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, came up with a proposal that would require $162,000 to continue for one year and reduce staffing of all the rural clinics.  He said the proposal would be funded entirely with revenue other than general fund revenue.  He said they would use $100,000 of the proceeds of the sale of the annex building in Florence.  He added there would be $50,000 from reserves and there would be a match either in cash or in kind from other communities.

 

Dwyer stated it was critical to maintain the clinics while they are working on a federally funded health clinic.

 

Sorenson supported this because the population served by clinics is poor people with inadequate transportation.  He thought they were doing the right thing by restoring this.

 

With regard to the Florence Annex, Rockstroh noted the County purchased the land years ago and most of the funding for the building was public health money.  He said  he didn’t want a loan.  He said the argument is they paid for the building out of public health and they wanted a part back.  He said some of this money was supposed to be reserved for the future of the public health building. 

 

MOTION:  to fund public health clinics in Cottage Grove, Oakridge and Florence, according to Rockstroh’s proposal.

 

Lininger MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

MOTION:  to move approval for long range planning, for a total of $173,418.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Bartlett SECONDED.

 

Spickard noted they only needed $119,000 for additional budget authority.

 

Garnick added they were reducing $54,418 in materials and services in their own budget.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

Sorenson thought the public proposal  for Community Television was to get $7,500 from the County. He thought the magnitude reached was a minor amount of money.  He thought their funding mechanism could take the interest from the general fund reserve. 

 

Van Vactor recalled the proposal is to take interest earnings from the prudent person reserve.  He said there is a risk of taking the money from that fund.  He said when general fund department heads that were impacted prioritized the program, they applied the four criteria of the Strategic Plan. He noted that Community Television didn’t meet any criteria. He stated Community Television was ranked last when applied to the Strategic Plan.

 

Dwyer suggested that Sorenson put it on the Board’s agenda that they allocate the money out of the Board’s contingency fund for $7,500.  He didn’t want to acquiesce that fund to this budget committee.

 

Holser supported the suggestion that this could be something the Board could take up.

 

Keable asked if there had been any local outreach to help sponsor Community Television since the stations would be getting the benefit of the training.

 

MOTION: to move that they take $7,500 from the reserves to fund Community Television.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Bartlett SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  4-5 (Motion fails).

 

Green said the position of Program Coordinator is the item the Sheriff mentioned on the night of his presentation.  He said the proposal is to have this position be modeled after a position that was formerly at Department of Youth Services,  where the purpose of the position would be to write grants.  He added part of the position would be to write grants, but Lane County could only commit its portion of the block grant.  He said it might cause concerns with the City of Eugene about those  funds.  He thought it was a good start.

 

Clements stated they had to invest leveraged funds to move forward.  He explained a Program Services Coordinator would be responsible for resource development.  He said they would look for funds via granting opportunities, partnerships and any other means by which they could produce revenue or efficiencies that could accomplish what they need to.  He expected the investment would have a high rate of return.  He added the position is not currently provided.  He thought it was a win-win proposal.  He said it is a two-year time limited position and if it doesn’t pay for itself within two years it goes away.  He said that grant money going to pay for administration and overhead would help pay for the position and the position would be responsible for tracking its revenue generation.  He noted they had a good model with the Department of Youth Services that had brought in almost $20 million over time.

 

Green asked if there were restrictions with the money.

 

Clements said their money is discretionary for law enforcement purposes in Lane County.  He said he was looking at $38,000, but was looking for other sources of experience through the granting process.  He added that Homeland Security will provide a complex granting source that they need to pay attention to or otherwise they wouldn’t qualify for some of the money.

 

MOTION:  to move to allocate $38,000 and give direction to use the local law enforcement block grant dollars.

 

Green MOVED, Lininger SECONDED.

 

Van Vactor said the impact he sees is if the money is spent on this purpose, there be some other source for the money.  He asked where the Board would get the $38,000 from the general fund.

 

Clements explained the $38,000 is the Sheriff’s Office to spend.  He said it references the staffing of the PSCC but there is money that could come from Eugene and Springfield to help support that.  He didn’t view this as being a risk.

 

Van Vactor asked if they spend the $38,000 on this then what happens to the County’s contribution to the PSCC staff.

 

Green suggested making a budget note until the concept is discussed with the other partners.  He thought it would be a benefit to all local governments if they were able to bring in grant money.  He thought Eugene and Springfield would benefit as would the rural areas.

 

MOTION:  to withdraw his original motion and to move this to a budget note.

 

Green MOVED, Lininger SECONDED.

 

Green withdrew his motion.

 

Sorenson asked if they could use other funds to make this happen.

 

Garnick responded they are obligating the Sheriff to pay the money at some point.  He noted when they do an interfund loan, it could be loaned for one year but it has to be repaid within two  years to generate the revenue to pay it off.

 

Clements did not want to be responsible for paying back the entire money over two years.  He said it could get to the point of self-sufficiency in two years.  He wanted to have a loan to help support this and he said he would find a way to pay for it.

 

Van Vactor suggested that there be clarification with the other partners.  He said this issue should be kept separate to make an independent decision.  He didn’t want to link this decision to what Eugene and Springfield were doing.

 

MOTION:  to move to fund the Program Services Coordinator position of $65,230 and they fund it out of an intergovernmental loan from the Public Works Fleet fund.

 

Sorenson MOVED, Johnson SECONDED.

 

Dwyer asked if the money isn’t there to repay the loan, who would pay it.

 

Van Vactor responded the Sheriff was responsible.

 

Clements commented that if the Board was obligating the Sheriff’s Office to pay the loan back in its entirety, he hoped that if they could demonstrate that at the end of two  years they brought in $875,000,  the position would not be jettisoned when it brings in money, as opposed to a dollar-per-dollar to pay for this position.  He hoped there would be block grant dollars supporting this.  

 

VOTE:  8-1 (Holser dissenting).

 

Lininger commented that Lane County has the most dangerous roads in Oregon as it has the most fatalities.  He noted there are over 40 fatalities per year.  He said it has been demonstrated that nearly half of the fatalities are contributed to speeding.  He said the presence of patrols reduces the rate of speeding.  He added the number of rural patrols have decreased significantly since 1980.  He said they have lost half of the police presence.  He noted the current rate of law enforcement officers in rural Lane County is .5 per thousand residents.  He said that was well below the national average of 1.8.  He stated that some of the rural communities have a one-hour response time for an emergency for the most urgent call.  He explained the proposal is to add four rural deputies and one sergeant to supervise the deputies, to add a property evidence technician, a new court clerk and for materials and training.  He said the total price is over $600,000.  He thought the cost could be recouped.  He didn’t think they were getting enough volume of tickets in the rural justice courts and it is an indication of their reduced enforcement in the areas.

 

Lininger reiterated he wanted one officer on the McKenzie, two on Highway 58 and one on Highway 126 west.  He said if things weren’t working, to re-examine this program next year.

 

MOTION:  to move to authorize an interdepartmental transfer, to allow the Sheriff to pay for five FTE for law enforcement officers, four whom are rural deputies and one also includes one property and evidence technician and one court clerk with the necessary materials and capital to make it work.  He added they do it with the understanding that there is a five-year turn around time.  He noted the total amount is $658,527.

 

Lininger MOVED, Keable SECONDED.

 

Green supported this, as there is documentation that it could be supported in the future.

 

Holser was concerned about the long-term funding and obligating the County to this amount of money.

 

VOTE:  8-0.  Holser abstained.

 

VIII. POSSIBLE DECISION AND MOTIONS ON 2003-2004 COUNTY BUDGET

 

Garnick explained they needed one motion that approves the entire budget that had been previously reviewed and tentatively approved.  He added it includes the technical adjustments and any additions or reductions that were previously approved, including the ones tonight.  He noted the second motion is to approve the permanent tax rate and the tax levy for the GO bonds for the Juvenile Justice Center.

 

MOTION:  to move to approve the entire FY2003/2004 Budget with all the technical adjustments and reductions as previously agreed to.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 

MOTION:  to move approval of the FY 2003/2004 permanent tax rate of 1.2793 per $1,000 of assessed value and the Juvenile Justice Center general obligation bond tax levy in the amount of $2,983,310.

 

Green MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.

 

VOTE:  9-0.

 


IX. ADJOURN

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary