Paul Savas: Proud to stand for responsible budgeting of tax dollars
Either my opponent doesn't understand our county budget, or she is distorting the truth for political gain.
She implies I opposed $44.7 million for housing and homeless services, yet there is no case in which a $44.7 million decision was ever considered. Here is a link to a recent commission meeting debunking this claim: youtu.be/iX7ownRcRMk?t=4394.
In fact, I secured $10 million of interim funding to jump start Supportive Housing and Homeless Services after we realized most of the Metro Supportive Housing dollars would be a year late.
Budgeting is one of the biggest responsibilities the Clackamas County commission has. Your tax dollars and your priorities should be reflected in the budget. Our sheriff's office, patrol deputies in particular, have faced staffing challenges that need to be a higher priority than is currently reflected in the budget.
I am committed to passing structurally sound budgets. I voted no on the budget when it became clear that new obligations would lead to cuts in critical areas, like the sheriff's department. Last month, on Sept. 8, I voted "yes" to transfer all Supportive Housing and Homeless Service dollars to fund essential programs and services.
With one-time federal funding I was proud to lead the charge on a $10 million expansion of rural broadband, the largest in the county's history. We recently completed Phase 1 of that rural broadband expansion.
Budgets reflect the values and priorities of our community. In these financially challenging times, it is extremely important to make sure budgeting is done carefully. I am proud to stand for responsible budgeting of your tax dollars.
Paul Savas is a Clackamas County commissioner who is running for reelection on the Nov. 8 ballot.
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