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Wasco County Discusses NORCOR Budget Challenge

The Wasco County Commission discussed the proposed NORCOR budget that includes a 16 percent increase in operating subsidies from the four participating counties at its worksession on Wednesday.  Commissioners have a number of questions about the reasons for the substantial increase in the document, which will be the subject of a NORCOR budget committee meeting next Thursday.  But Commissioner Scott Hege says their main theme is keeping the partnership between Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, and Gilliam counties together.  He adds they understand they have to keep NORCOR healthy, but there are challenges to increasing the payments that must be discussed clearly.  NORCOR has not had an increase in county contributions for four years.  But Hood River County is dealing with a budget shortfall and has two tax measures on the May 21 ballot to try to generate more revenue.