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Douglas County commissioners continue budget town hall tour

Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg, Oregon, May 15, 2017. (Photo courtesy Douglas County)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County Commissioners have scheduled town hall meetings throughout the county that will focus on how county government is funded, how your tax dollars are spent, and how those decisions are made, the county said in a news release.

A visual presentation shows the decline in county employment, tax revenues, county reserves, and more.

County Commissioners are encouraging residents to attend the meetings and share their concerns.

  • 12/4/17 5:30 PM Roseburg Town Hall Douglas County Courthouse 1036 SE Douglas, Room 216 Roseburg, OR 97470
  • 12/5/17 5:30 PM Winston Town Hall Winston City Hall 201 NW Douglas Blvd. Winston, OR 97496
  • 12/12/17 5:30 PM Drain Town Hall Drain Civic Center 205 West “A” Avenue Drain, OR 97435
  • 12/18/17 5:30 PM Glendale Town Hall Glendale High School Gymnasium 10598 Azalea Glen Rd. Glendale, OR 97442
  • 12/19/17 5:30 PM Oakland Town Hall Oakland City Hall 637 Locust Street Oakland, OR 97462
  • 12/21/17 5:30 PM Myrtle Creek Town Hall Myrtle Creek Community Center 425 SW 2nd Avenue Myrtle Creek, OR 97457
  • 12/28/17 5:30 PM Elkton Town Hall Elkton City Hall 366 1st Street Elkton, OR 97436
  • 1/4/18 5:30 PM Reedsport Town Hall City Council Chambers 451 Winchester Avenue Reedsport, OR 97467

Meetings have already been held in Canyonville, Sutherlin, Riddle, and Yoncalla.

Timber receipts from harvests on Federal land were once the County's largest source of revenue, and are part of most services you receive, including Public Safety, Veterans, Public Health and Senior Services, the county says. The Federal Safety Net (Secure Rural Schools Program) replaced revenues from actual timber harvests beginning in 1991.

On October 1, 2015, the Secure Rural Schools Program (Federal Safety Net) expired. Since then, Douglas County has been operating on reserves and actual timber receipts that have dramatically declined.

Even though county spending has been reduced each year, the county has had to use reserve funds to maintain critical services, officials said, adding that the reserve funds are declining rapidly.

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