Commissioners on Wednesday approved Marion County’s $688.9 million budget for the upcoming year, as well as an additional $15.2 million to the county’s existing budget.
County officials will present updates Tuesday, June 20, on the development of Parkdale Park, intended to add more green space and an improved stormwater system to the undeveloped area.
Commissioners on Wednesday approved federal funds to upgrade Santiam Hospitals emergency power system. They also approved a homeowner rehabilitation program for low-to-moderate-income Marion County residents.
Marion County Commissioners on Wednesday appointed Lt. Nicholas Hunter to complete the term of Sheriff Joe Kast, who plans to retire at the end of June. Hunter most recently oversaw the sheriff’s office’s enforcement division.
On June 7, the Marion County Board of Commissioners will interview candidates who applied to replace Sheriff Joe Kast and appoint his successor that same afternoon.
Commissioners on Wednesday will also consider contracts to add two nurses and a body-scanning security system at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
Marion County has budgeted $27 million less for the upcoming year than the last. County officials say they have less federal money, are spending less on contracts and are rolling back wildfire recovery funding.
Commissioners on Wednesday will also consider spending $500,000 on drug testing for the county’s Health and Human Services Department
Commissioners on Wednesday will also consider adding $34.9 million to a contract with a software firm for managing law enforcement records.
The Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday at 9 a.m., with a brief agenda for May 10.