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County Commissioners Present Their Annual State of the County Address

What does the county do? And how well are they doing it? On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the Deschutes County Commissioners gave a State of the County address to a packed house at 10 Barrel Brewing. This an annual event presented by the Bend Chamber and sponsored by Mid Oregon Credit Union and Cascade Insurance Center.

While the County sends out your property tax bill, not all of the taxes collected are actually for the county. “Only a small part of it is for the county, really…

Did you know that the County oversees the health department? “The health department is one of our largest with over 300 employees,” stated Commissioner Patti Adair. “You remember the measles outbreak in the nation earlier in the year, we had a bit of scare, but the health department did a lot of vaccinations and worked very, very hard,” she added.

With public safety under the purview of the County, this includes the 9-1-1 system. A new system was implemented a couple years ago, but functional and coverage issues dogged the system from the start. “We’ve done a lot of good thing with 9-1-1. It’s currently working in tip-top order and that’s good news,” Commissioner Adair reassured.

Check out the full video replay of the State of the County for more details on what the County does, how well they’re doing it and what projects might affect you.

While the County sends out your property tax bill, not all of the taxes collected are actually for the county. “Only a small part of it is for the county, really. So, you’ve got the general fund, which covers a variety of services. You’ve got the countywide law enforcement charge, which is the Sheriff’s office and the jail. And then you’ve got the county extension/4H and 9-1-1. Those are really the taxes you pay to the county to operate,” shared Commissioner Henderson.

Transportation issues are a current focus for the County with several improvement areas being looked at: US 97 North at Cooley Rd, the Terrebonne Refinement Plan, US 20/Cook Ave/O.B. Riley Road Intersection, and the Six Corners Intersection. Each one of these projects is in different phase of planning, funding and execution, but are front and center in terms of priority.

Check out the full video replay of the State of the County for more details on what the County does, how well they’re doing it and what projects might affect you.

 


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