2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 8, 2015 Polk County News County OKs tentative budget Three plans laid out to account for timber money, levy Workshops aim to help build business By Emily Mentzer By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer POLK COUNTY — Polk County’s tentatively ap- proved 2015-16 budget is a “tale of three budgets,” ac- cording to County Adminis- trator Greg Hansen. “This budget is much bet- ter from a f i s c a l standpoint than what we’ve had in the past,” he said while delivering Hansen his budget message March 30 at the be- ginning of four days of budg- et hearings. “No layoffs are proposed in this budget.” But as Hansen character- ized it, there are three dis- tinct components to what will end up being the county spending plan for 2015-16. First, the general fund — which includes the majority of the public safety depart- ments — is essentially “sta- tus quo,” if the county’s pub- lic safety levy is not ap- proved. Hansen’s proposal will add 1.75 positions divid- ed between Community Corrections and Community Development departments. Funding would also pur- chase vehicles for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Community Corrections and a check scanning system for the Treasurer’s Office. If the levy is approved in the May 19 election — the second budget scenario — 22 additional positions will be hired in the Sheriff’s Of- fice — jail and patrol — and the District Attorney’s Office. Hansen included expected revenue from the yet-to-be voted on levy in a separate fund, which would be dis- tributed to the appropriate KATHY HUGGINS/ Itemizer-Observer Whether or not Polk County’s public safety levy 27-109 passes will decide how much money the county can spend on staffing and other programs. departments if voters say “yes.” If the vote is “no,” the fund would be eliminated. Departments classified under “other funds” make up the third piece of the pie. These departments receive the vast majority of their funding from dedicated state, federal or other sources outside the general fund. Public works and the fair fund may see slight decreas- es. Public health, the juve- nile, youth programs, health services, and management services will see increases ranging from 2 to 16 percent. Behavioral health (for- merly mental health) is see- ing growth at an unprece- dented rate, getting a $3 mil- lion boost. Hansen said growth at that rate is not likely to last — budget de- clines could happen just as Government quickly as increases — and the county is trying to find strategies to avoid heavy lay- offs when that occurs. He said options include hiring contractors — instead of new employees — to pro- vide services and holding some in reserve, which is now close to $1 million. “We are trying to find contractors,” he said. “They are not easy to find on our side of the (Willamette) River.” The budget committee tentatively approved the budget Thursday. It will re- convene on May 20, the day after the election, to vote on formal approval. Committee members said they were glad to not have to be considering layoffs this year, regardless of what vot- ers decide about the levy. “It’s nice to have a budget where we are not wringing our hands (about layoffs),” said Commissioner Craig Pope, who is also part of the budget committee. He stressed, however, for the general fund, “status quo” simply means the bleeding has stopped. Budget Committee Chair- man Norbert Hartmann said the county still is in a “public safety crisis.” “Until we have the revenue to support public safety, we are still in trouble,” he said. The Itemizer-Observer Check it Out INDEPENDENCE — Whether opening a new business or honing skills to run a long-standing one, a pep talk can be helpful. Promote Enterprising Performance workshops are back at Monmouth-In- dependence Chamber of Commerce starting Tues- day. The series of six semi- nars will cover everything from developing and build- ing a budget to marketing to fundraising. “The concept is to pro- vide information, best practices, tips, things of that nature, to help busi- nesses and organizations in our community,” said Jean Love, executive director of the chamber. “We don’t want to be just a workshop or class, but rather some- thing that can really help you.” Each session is led by local leaders, experts in their fields, Love noted, with both real-world expe- rience and book knowl- edge. Each one-and-a-half- hour workshop includes lunch, a presentation, question-and-answer ses- sion, and something for participants to take away and use, Love said, whether it’s a list of resources or a budget document. The chamber started PEP talks in 2013 in a dif- ferent format. They were held in the evening for three hours at a time. A chamber survey re- vealed that members want- ed the talks back, but for shorter amounts of time and during the lunch hour instead, Love said. This year’s topics also are cho- sen directly from feedback from last year’s survey. What: PEP Talks se- ries, sponsored by the Monmouth-Indepen- dence Chamber of Commerce. W h e n : Tu e s d a y, April 14 (Developing a Budget and Under- standing Cash Flow); Tu e s d a y, A p r i l 2 8 (Fundraising for Non- profits); Tuesday, May 5 (Writing a Marketing Plan); Tuesday, May 12 (Making Volunteer Pro- grams Come to Life); Monday, June 1 (How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage); Tues- day, June 16 (Manag- ing Difficult Employees and Volunteers). Where: Most PEP Talks are held at either the Independence or Monmouth public li- braries, except the so- cial media one, which will be held at Henry Hill Education Support Center. Admission: M-I Chamber members, $15; nonmembers, $20. For more informa- tion: www.micc-or.org, or call 503-838-4268. “Topics are more specif- ic,” Love said. “What peo- ple will be able to say is more funneled instead of broad and generic.” Each of the workshops will be helpful, depending on the business, but the one Love is looking forward to the most is on May 5 — Writing a Marketing Plan. “How do you get your name out there, what do you support?” Love said. “Do (businesses) really know their target audi- ence?” The workshops are open to anyone, not just to chamber members. HEALTH DIRECTORY AUDIOLOGY Trust your hearing to those that specialize in hearing and hearing related disorders. Evan L. Evans, Ph. D, and Julie B. Evans, AuD are both doctoral level Audi- ologists who have the knowledge, experience and compassion to provide you with the best care for your hearing health. We offer free hearing screenings; by our hearing aid specialist. 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