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$3.5 Billion Multnomah County Budget Released

(Portland, OR) -- Multnomah County Commission Chair Jessica Vega Pederson has released a three-and-a-half billion-dollar budget proposal. It focuses on homelessness, behavioral health care, animal services and community violence. Roughly 280-million dollars goes towards homelessness and behavioral health programs. Multnomah County Animal Services gets a 31-percent increase to deal with structural and management challenges. The District Attorney's Office will be able to hire two full-time investigators and two full-time prosecutors to reduce a backlog in gun violence cases. Three public hearings will be held on the budget.

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