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HR County Adopts Budget

Hood River County Commissioners unanimously approved a budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year essentially as recommended by the County’s budget committee.  The one change was in regard to Oak Grove Park, as Commissioners accepted an offer from Friends of Oak Grove Park to continue to pay for maintenance of that facility for another six months.  Commissioners did point out while they passed the budget, that doesn’t mean they have to spend the money allocated, and they plan to embark on developing priorities for what County services will look like if they cannot get voters to approve new funding.  The Commission will hold a worksession on July 1 at 3 p.m. in the County Administration Building to discuss that while also sorting through their options for another attempt at a tax levy of some kind, either this November or next May.  Commission Chair Mike Oates says they will need to sift through a lot of information during that process.  The Commission is also hoping to gather consultants at the July 1 meeting to get advice on how to go about crafting a new ballot measure for a levy after seeing two proposals go down to defeat in May.