Washington County board reaches consensus on spending $2 million
Washington County commissioners have come to a consensus on how to spend $2 million they set aside for community grants in the current budget.
They wrapped up their selections on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the $130,000 they left unspent a week earlier.
County Administrator Bob Davis said the board would approve the spending in the form of an order that will be considered at a business meeting in November. The $2 million is already set aside in the county budget for the year that started July 1.
The list of spending requests topped $3 million, but Chairwoman Kathryn Harrington said the board had to stick with $2 million.
"We have done a good job of identifying the money, going through a process together to identify the values that we wanted to address — and then to get it done," Commissioner Pam Treece said.
Treece also credited Harrington, who said previously that the fund was a way for three new board members who took office in January to put their imprint on the county budget without waiting for a full year. "You saw the sausage made," Harrington said.
Though Commissioner Roy Rogers was absent from the Oct. 15 and 22 sessions, his proposed suggestions to fund requests from the Rice Museum and the public art project of Tualatin Valley Creates were what the board ultimately approved to spend the remaining $130,000.
The $2 million is considered one-time money that is unlikely to be renewed next year.
The list of funded programs and projects, not in any order:
• 2020 Census participation: $150,000.
• YMCA child care center: $200,000, down from $300,000, for $10 million capital campaign for Beaverton YMCA to transform 14,000 square feet at 9685 S.W. Harvest Court (Beaverton Hoop) into a child development center. The Oregon Legislature approved $5.1 million for purchase and renovation of the building; YMCA has raised more than $733,000.
• Workforce pipeline: $500,000, down from $750,000, for Worksystems Inc. to set up pilot project for youths to enter pre-apprenticeship programs and receive other assistance during job training.
• School-based health centers: $250,000 total for support of centers at six high schools managed by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
• Adelante Mujeres building: $200,000, down from $233,000, for $3.25 million capital campaign to enable this organization to obtain a building in Forest Grove to provide education and empowerment to low-income Latina women and families.
• Child abuse center: $187,177 for CARES Northwest in Portland to open a center for evaluation and treatment of children in Washington County. Some money will be spent on first-year operations.
• Rice Museum: $25,000 for new exhibits at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro to tell the story of the first people in Oregon, explain earth sciences and the geology of the Tualatin Valley.
• Good Neighbor Center: $83,400 for a capital campaign for the homeless shelter in Tigard.
• Traveling arts display: $83,400 for Tualatin Valley Creates to commission four new works for a public arts collection to be displayed throughout the county.
• Arts support: $24,423, down from $132,000, to add to a county commitment of $208,000 for arts support.
• Leading With Race: $250,000 for support of Vision Action Network to carry out recommendations in 2018 report about racial equity. County administrative office.
• Oregon State University Extension: $45,000 for support of a 4-H staff position that was lost due to state budget cuts, though it was continued until the end of 2019. The staff member works with other organizations for programs for underserved youths.
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