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With a budget gap expected, officials looking at cuts in fiscal year 2020-2021

Clackamas County is encouraging all residents and stakeholders to complete a survey rating various services it offers to the public.

Feedback on the value of services is needed regarding the upcoming fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. There is an anticipated budget gap, as the county faces declining state and federal revenues, general increases in the cost of doing business, and rising financial obligations.

Results from the survey will be sent to Clackamas County Administrator Gary Schmidt as he seeks to formulate and present a proposed budget for the county's Budget Committee next spring.

Results will be released publicly and sent to the members of the Budget Committee itself, which is made up of five members of the public and the Board of County Commissioners.

"The end result of this process will be a sustainable budget that is lean and effective," Schmidt said. "We're becoming more efficient to live within our means."

Clackamas County already has taken several measures to cut costs, including a hiring freeze. An internal employee outreach campaign seeks to find other ways to save and become more efficient.

"I think most county residents would be surprised to learn that less than 19% of the property taxes they pay goes to the county to support general operations," Schmidt said.

The survey, which takes 7-10 minutes to complete, groups services into the following categories:

Public health

Vulnerable populations

Planning, development, taxation & finance

General public services

Law and justice

Residents and stakeholders can take the survey through December at bit.ly/RateCountyServices. Residents can learn more at clackamas.us/budget.


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