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County’s projected budget
nearly doubles in three years
Bill Poehler Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
Marion County’s budget has nearly doubled in the
past three years.
The county is budgeting to spend $576 million in
the 2021-22 ﬁscal year, up 14% from the $503 million it
budgeted in the 2020-21 ﬁscal year, the $324 million it
spent in the 2018-2019 ﬁscal year and the $317 million
it spent in 2018-19.
Much of the additional money Marion County,
which has 576 employees, is projected to receive and is
spending is tied in with federal money for projects like
bridges and a radio tower near Detroit.
The county has proposed to receive $69 million, up
131% from the current ﬁscal year’s $29 million and
from the $9 million it received in 2018-2019.
The budget goes into eﬀect July 1.
“As things happen throughout the year, we’ll have
what are called supplemental budgets,” Marion Coun-
ty spokesperson Jolene Kelley said.
County will get another $67M
The county hasn’t determined what it’s going to do
with all of the $576 million in its budget.
When the American Rescue Plan was signed into
law in March, $67 million was earmarked for Marion
County from the massive $1.9 trillion federal plan de-
signed to stimulate the recovery from the COVID-19
“Just knowing the complexity of the needs across
the country, the strategy we really had at the federal
level was get the funds to the county leaders and let
them decide how best to use them,” U.S. Senator Jeﬀ
Merkley said. “Marion County is receiving $67 million
and the cities in the county are proportionally receiv-
ing another $50 million.”
Kelly said Marion County is expecting two pay-
ments of $33.5 million each over the next two ﬁscal
See BUDGET, Page 2A
Oregon National Guard's Ashley Smallwood of
Springﬁeld counts out boxes of face masks to be
given to Willamette Valley farmers while
participating in a distribution event at the Oregon
State University Extension Service-Linn County
office in Tangent in May 2020. MARK YLEN/AP
Silverton's Jordan McCarty and his father, coach Jamie McCarty, pose for a portrait at Silverton High
School. BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL
Why local Oregon
to meet PPE needs
Bill Poehler and Connor Radnovich
Salem Statesman Journal
Silverton boys basketball team
is among the best in state
father and son duo has the Silverton boys’ basketball among the elite programs in
the state of Oregon, regardless of the school size. l Since taking over the program
four years ago, head coach Jamie McCarty has the program playing at a high level. l
His son, junior Jordan McCarty, is the starting point guard for the team and has been
a varsity player since his freshman season. l “I didn’t get back into coaching just to coach him,
but it’s been an added blessing to be with him and watch him compete every day,” Jamie McCar-
ty said. “For him and all the boys, it’s probably been the hardest year of their life. To his credit, he
never stopped working. I saw him lift harder than he’s ever lifted, and it was always preparing
for the opportunity to play.”
Playing under your father comes with added re-
sponsibility, but Jordan has been able to embrace it
and become one of the leaders on the team.
“It’s been great, he’s deﬁnitely pushed me pretty
hard,” Jordan McCarty said. “I deﬁnitely know it’s all
love and it’s been fun playing for my dad. If you ask
anybody, he deﬁnitely is a little harsh because I’m his
son, but I know he’s just trying to make me better.”
The younger McCarty has come into his own over
the years and hopes to put himself in a position to play
collegiate football or basketball in the future.
“As a sophomore he was really able to gain more
conﬁdence oﬀensively and come out and really play a
key role on our varsity team,” Jamie McCarty said.
See DUO, Page 2A
Lawyers offer resources as
end of rent moratorium nears
USA TODAY NETWORK
The end of Oregon’s moratorium on rent is June 30.
On July 1, for the ﬁrst time since Gov. Kate Brown’s
ﬁrst executive order pausing rent payments in March
2020, renters will be expected to pay their rent, re-
gardless of their ﬁnancial situation. However, they
have until Feb. 28, 2022, to pay back rent accumulated
over the course of the pandemic.
The Oregon State Bar assembled a resource page
online at osbar.org/public.
The state bar is concerned about Oregonians’ abil-
ity to access legal help, as lawyers specializing in
landlord/tenant law report being fully booked and un-
able to take on new clients, according to a news re-
lease. Even if they can ﬁnd one, many Oregonians
may not have the ﬁnancial means to hire a lawyer.
“Pre-pandemic, nearly 90% of landlord/tenant
cases saw people trying to navigate the law alone,”
OSB spokesperson Kateri Walsh said in the release.
“Add to that the moratoriums, and other constantly
shifting rules, and it’s a recipe for trouble.”
The page contains written details, videos and in-
formation in multiple languages. Alongside Oregon’s
legal aid providers and landlord representatives, the
bar also will host a live webinar at noon Thursday to
give further answers and current updates for both own-
ers and renters. It will be available through the same
See RENT, Page 2A
USA TODAY NETWORK
Much was still uncertain about best coronavirus
protection when the ﬁrst wave of the pandemic ar-
rived: mask-wearing for the public was not yet rec-
ommended by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, while hand sanitizer and disinfectant
wipes ﬂew oﬀ store shelves.
Demand for masks, gloves, gowns and face
shields skyrocketed overnight from health care pro-
viders and emergency responders. The state of Ore-
gon had a limited stockpile of personal protective
equipment left over from the H1N1 ﬂu of 2009, and
the entire world was trying to buy the same products
at the same time.
The state soon eﬀectively ran out of PPE, unable to
ﬁll anything but the most critical of requests from
health care facilities. And even those locations re-
ceived only half or a third of what they requested.
"There were a few weeks there where we really
didn't have anything we could distribute between
when the H1N1 supply was gone and the orders start-
ed coming in," Debbie Dennis, Oregon's chief pro-
curement oﬃcer, said. "Requests were being priori-
tized and if it wasn't super critical they were being
asked to wait."
According to spending records obtained by the
Statesman Journal, the state Department of Admini-
stration spent $129 million on personal protective
equipment from March 2020 to March 2021.
Additional PPE was donated locally, sent to Ore-
gon from FEMA or purchased by other state agen-
cies. These are not included in the Department of Ad-
ministrative Service's spending data.
DAS used its own funding to purchase PPE before
the state received money from the CARES Act. After
it did, those federal funds were used to reimburse the
state and cover the costs of additional PPE pur-
It was later decided that FEMA would cover the
state's PPE purchases.
The state Department of Administration is still
awaiting FEMA reimbursement for its PPE pur-
chases. As of mid-June, $75 million had been reim-
bursed and $53.9 million was still outstanding.
After purchasing, the state distributed millions of
pieces of PPE to counties, tribes, hospitals and state
agencies: 9.7 million surgical masks, 2.5 million N95
masks, 17.4 million KN95 masks, 1.5 million medical
gowns, 740,000 face shields and 18.2 million pairs of
But the state still was unable to provide local
agencies with the supplies they needed. First re-
sponders were told to make their own purchases
with a promise to be reimbursed by the state, but
some reimbursement has yet to materialize.
“There were a lot of people really hurting for PPE,”
Polk County Fire District 1 chief Ben Stange said.
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It became clear early on that the state's normal
procurement process would not be suﬃcient in a
See PPE, Page 3A