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2016 was ‘one of the best years’ for Lane County, chairman says

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Lillian Schrock

The Register-Guard

Lane County officials enhanced critical public safety and health services in 2016, Board of Commissioners Chairman Faye Stewart said Monday in his State of the County speech…

Stewart noted Lane County last year approved a reduction in the county’s five-year jail property tax levy…

In a bid to curb costs, the county also eliminated vacant jobs, shifted to a self-funded health insurance system for employees and started using existing legal staff for litigation rather than paying legal fees…

The jail expanded its number of local beds to 317, which reduced the number of early releases…

In addition, the sheriff’s office in March returned to 24-hour deputy patrol coverage in rural areas…

Last year, county officials worked with the city of Eugene to shelter more than 400 homeless veterans, he said…

We Respond & Your Comments

Today we’re very pleased to present you with an example of good government

This year Lane County citizens are safer thanks to our Commissioners. And isn’t that the primary purpose of government? We think so.

Then the Commissioners did the unheard of – they cut a tax. How rare is that?

And they did this while addressing the needs of homeless veterans and other vulnerable citizens.

Join us in thanking our County Commission for truly representing us. And remember them the next time you mark your ballot.

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