The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s 2020-21 budget Wednesday with a few last-minute modifications, some in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget anticipates only modest changes from the 2019-20 budget. After Wednesday’s adjustment, it calls for $164.26 million in expenditures, a slight decrease from the 2019-20 budget. It also calls for staffing of 524.95 full-time-equivalent employees.

The budget also fixes a problem for the public safety fund, which was facing the loss of $935,897 in its contract with the Oregon Department of Corrections to house inmates. That hole has been plugged with an increase in general fund spending on public safety.

A small portion of the budget comes from property taxes. The county government will again receive taxes of $1.11 per $1,000 assessed value, which Commissioner Tim Freeman noted is the fourth lowest rate in the state.

The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of approving the budget.

Freeman commended Chief Financial Officer Jessica Hansen, saying this year’s budget had required extra time and work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and during its preparation Hansen also provided support to the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team’s Incident Command Center.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Mike

At a time when coronavirus in our state and throughout the country is at record high numbers, why isn't the NRToday reporting these facts to our community? Why isn't NRToday reporting:

1. Oregon has reported over 100 coronavirus cases for 15 straight days.

2. Available Oregon hospital beds are at their all-time low.

3. The Roseburg VA reported their 7th coronavirus case yesterday.

4. The six counties surrounding Douglas County had 20 new coronavirus cases yesterday and 83 in the past week.

5. The number of new coronavirus cases reported in the U.S. broke a record high yesterday and looks to break it again today.

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