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2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 15, 2017
NEWS IN BRIEF
City of Dallas given budgeting award
DALLAs — The Government Finance Oﬃcers Association of
the United states and Canada awarded the city of Dallas with its
Distinguished Budget Presentation award.
The award “reﬂects the commitment of the governing body
and staﬀ to meeting the highest principles of governmental
budgeting,” read a press release from the GFOA. “In order to re-
ceive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally rec-
ognized guidelines for eﬀective budget presentation.”
Those guidelines include how well the budget serves as a
Policy document; a ﬁnancial plan; an operations guide; and a
City Manager ron Foggin said employees put in a lot of work
to make sure the budget met those standards and is presented
in a way the public can understand.
“I just wanted to make sure everybody recognized how im-
portant that document is to us,” he said.
Program helps struggling homeowners
POLK COUNTy — The state of Oregon will announce a
“Home rescue” program launching on July 6 in southern and
Eastern Oregon counties.
The program will aid homeowners struggling to pay their
mortgage by either paying monthly payments (up to 12 pay-
ments with a maximum beneﬁt of $20,000) or a reinstatement
payment to bring mortgages current (up to $15,000).
Additional regions of the state will be phased in every two
weeks until all Oregon counties are eligible to apply on Aug. 17.
To qualify, homeowners must be able to show at least a 10
percent reduction in projected 2016 income compared to any
tax year between 2009 and 2015. Additional information about
eligibility requirements and the application process can be
found at www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org.
For more information: 503-986-2025.
EMILy MENTZEr/ Itemizer-Observer
A herd of 16 horses on Pedee Creek Road have been seized by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after showing signs
of neglect. Also seized were four goats and four llamas. The Polk County Sheriff’s Posse is feeding the animals.
PCSO seizes animals on Pedee farm
By Emily Mentzer
Six arrested on DUII charges in Indy
INDEPENDENCE — During the month of February, six drivers
were arrested by Independence police for driving under the in-
ﬂuence of intoxicants.
Three of those were for alcohol, and three were for drugs.
The average blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent.
rumsey said in a press release that having a BAC of less than
the legal limit of 0.08 percent doesn’t mean a DUII arrest cannot
be made. If the oﬃcer observes impaired driving through driv-
ing infractions or failure of a standardized ﬁeld sobriety test, the
suspect can be arrested.
PEDEE — Sometimes
people who want to help
can start out with good in-
tentions and then find
themselves in too deep.
That may be the case for
property owners on Pedee
Creek Road, who have 16
horses, three llamas and
three goats who have been
seized on site by the Polk
County Sheriff’s Office, Lt.
Jeff Isham said.
“A lot of times the people
who take in these animals
think they’re doing good for
them,” Isham said. “They get
one or two, and before they
know it, they’re up to 16. I’m
not sure if there’s a tipping
point with them saying, ‘hey,
I’m in over my head.’”
The animals are in the
custody and care of the sher-
iff’s office now, being fed
and looked after by volun-
teers with the Polk County
Sheriff’s Posse, Isham said.
Some of the animals were
in decent shape, Isham noted,
but some were pretty bad.
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The animals will be rehomed as soon as possible.
“We’ve seen this with the
last few large animal res-
cues,” Isham said. “They
mean well and have good
intentions, but they don’t re-
alize they’re that person who
can’t take care of their ani-
mals. Being the rescuer and
not realizing they’re the ones
The property owner will
likely face charges, but of
what crimes and how many
is yet to be determined,
Jacob Kamins, a special
prosecutor, will determine
any charges based on the
overall health of the herd,
Once the person forfeits
the animals, either on her
own or after a trial, the sher-
iff’s department can find new
homes for them, Isham said.
He said he was grateful for
the many volunteers with
the sheriff’s office.
“Without those volunteer
units, we would be over-
whelmed with things that
come up like this,” Isham
said. “Every time we’ve had a
large animal seizure, we’ve
had people from the com-
munity step up to donate
hay and grain.”
The sheriff’s department
does not budget for these large
animal seizures, Isham said.
“You just never know how
big it’s going to be, and it
gets pretty spendy real
quick,” he said.
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