Crisis cripples counties


The financial crisis is hitting hard at the county level, forcing many areas to cut funding for public programs.

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The financial crisis is hitting hard at the county level, forcing many areas to cut funding for public programs.

Oregon’s remote counties have never recovered from the precipitous downfall of Big Timber.

In early November, voters in Curry County overwhelmingly rejected a public-safety levy to fund the sheriff’s office, the Juvenile Department and the district attorney’s office. As things stand, even if the county eliminates every service it provides from its general fund budget over the next two years — juvenile, patrol deputies, 9-1-1, the DA, commissioners, the treasurer’s office, the county clerk and so on — the $1.3 million raised annually from property taxes may be insufficient to cover just the cost of running its jail.

“There has to be some form of government in rural coastal Oregon,” Curry County Commissioner Bill Waddle said. “Is it going to be Curry County or some form that the state of Oregon imposes? I don’t know.”

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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