Board of Commissioners adopts FY2016-17 budget that includes cost savings, investments in critical services and a reduced levy rate

The Board of Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget, which was approved by the Budget Committee in May. 

The adopted budget includes reducing the $6 million structural imbalance in the General Fund by approximately $4 million and significantly reducing the imbalance in the Road Fund, while investing in critical services and creating long-term stability. 

Investments in critical services include: 

  • Two new positions in the District Attorney’s Office to file an anticipated 400 additional cases per year
  • A new probation officer to work with high-risk and repeat offenders in the jail
  • Expansion of support for crisis and mental health services for offenders in the jail
  • Extra help funding in Assessment and Taxation to support audits and reappraisals
  • A position dedicated to fulfilling the County's new equity and access plan (accomplished without an increase in funding by reducing expenses in County 
  • Administration and Human Resources)
  • A focus on rural economic prosperity

The adopted budget also reduces the amount that will be levied for the remaining two years of the voter-approved public safety levy from $0.55 to $0.38 per $1,000 of assessed value. The Lane County Jail will receive $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed value while Youth Services receives $0.08 per $1,000 of assessed value. The Sheriff’s Office will be able to continue its current level of service – 317 local jail beds, which exceeds the promise made to voters – for the remainder of the five-year levy.

The reduction in the levy is possible due to lower-than-anticipated costs to operate local jail beds, as well as greater-than-anticipated revenues from property taxes, General Fund contributions and other sources.

To view the budget document for Fiscal Year 2016-17, click here.

Source: http://www.lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=5354857

Reagan Knopp