Public Hearing on County Budget, 4 pm, Wed.

Benton County’s biennial budgeting process kicks off this week with the first of two public hearings slated on the spending plan, and unveiling of the county’s proposed budget.

This first Budget Committee meeting  is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way in Corvallis.

The 2017-19 budget is almost $244 million. The new 2019-21 budget goes into effect on July 1 of this year. This biennium’s committee members are: County Commissioners Pat Malone, Xan Augerot and Annabelle Jaramillo and citizen members David Dowrie, Curtis Wright and Nancy Wyse. The county’s tax rate is set by this commission. The citizen members decide on salaries for the County Commissioners.

One budget decision will be made at this Wednesday’s meeting regarding the library county service district budget and tax rate – though a presentation and public hearing are slated beforehand.

There is one other public hearing scheduled for May 8, 2019. Here is the county’s published agenda for hearing from various departments and agencies prior to their final deliberations:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019  4:00 p.m.

2.5 hours

1) Presentation of the Proposed County Budget

2) Non‐department & Capital Improvement Plan Overview

3) PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED COUNTY BUDGET

Wednesday, April 17, 2019  6:30 p.m. .

5 Hours 

1) Presentation of Proposed Library CSD Budget

2) Public Hearing on proposed Library CSD budget

3) Committee deliberations

4 )Approval of tax rate and budget

Tuesday, April 23, 2019  4:00 p.m.

3 Hours 

1) Assessment (15 minutes)

2) Board of Commissioners (15 minutes)

3) County Counsel (15 minutes)

4) Records & Elections (15 minutes)

5) Fairgrounds (20 minutes)

Monday, April 29, 2019  2:00 p.m.

3 Hours  

1) Juvenile (15 minutes)

2) Law Enforcement (20 minutes)

3) Finance (15 minutes)

4) District Attorney (20 minutes)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019  3:00 p.m.

2.5 hours 

1  )HR (15 minutes)

2  )IT (15 Minutes)

3) Health (45 minutes)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019  3:30 p.m. 

3 hours 

1) Public Works (20 minutes)

2) Natural Areas & Parks (20 minutes)

3)  Community Development (20 minutes)

4) Outside Agencies (1 hour)

5) PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED COUNTY BUDGET

6) Deliberations

Wed., May 29, 2019  3:00 p.m.

2 hours

1) Deliberations

2) Approve Budget and tax rate (if ready)

Thursday, May 30, 2019  3:00 p.m.

2 hours

1) Deliberations, if needed

2) Approve Budget and tax rate, (if needed)