Are you aware that Clackamas County is again receiving "the short end of the stick" from the state?
As with transportation funding and land-use planning, the pattern is repeating; and this time our health and economic future are at risk.
There are some troubling aspects to the state's response to the COVID-19 virus. The parade of mandates by the governor has added to the crushing impacts of the pandemic. Imposing additional requirements before Clackamas receives financial assistance is political favoritism that leaves us wondering what she'll do next ... and if Clackamas County will have a seat at the table.
The financial costs for the county to administer and treat COVID could reach $45 million. The lack of financial relief has damaged the health of our residents and struggling businesses. The two are intertwined. Meanwhile, Gov. Brown has based reopening Clackamas County on a regional approach that ties us to Multnomah County. As frustration has grown, Commissioner Paul Savas has been the most outspoken about the lack of equity. Recently the other commissioners have joined him in expressing frustration over the obstacles placed in our path. We've suffered as the governor and those around her have shown a preference for other jurisdictions. This is no time for favoritism.
A big challenge for Clackamas County is that federal "CARES" relief funding was provided to cities and counties with populations over 500,000, disqualifying our 430,000 residents. Multnomah and Washington counties received millions, as did the city of Portland. The state received the highest amount, but Clackamas County has been on its own.
Les Poole is a Gladstone resident.
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