DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR -- Deschutes County’s Commissioner Board has officially adopted the 2019 - 2020 fiscal year budget. The total budget is $428,117,309, with the operating budget totaling $227,788,787.
County Administrator Tom Anderson says it’s mostly a continuation of existing services, expanded for the area's growth. "Positions were added in a range of county departments, including the DA's office, our Health Department, the Sheriff's Office, mostly to maintain the quality of service that our citizens expect." Anderson says, overall, the County’s budget is balanced without cuts to services or tax increases. He says a large portion of the budget is going toward capital and transportation infrastructure like funding the new Crisis Stabilization Center and $5 million to the Cooley Road Interchange project, as well as improvements to the Old Bend-Redmond Highway. "We're also participating with ODOT on transportation improvements in both Terrebonne and Tumalo to help with public safety and traffic flow."
Anderson says the Budget Committee voted to leave the levies alone, even though most of them still have growth capacity. "We were able to keep those levy rates the same, based primarily on the growth that's happened in the County, and the increase in assessed valuation based on new construction that's been added to the tax roles over the last year."
To review the Budget, please visit www.deschutes.org/budget.