Money Woes For Josephine County

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two of the most hard-pressed counties in Southern Oregon in the next fiscal year is likely to be Josephine and Curry counties.

On Wednesday, Josephine County’s chief financial officer painted a less-than-optimistic view of the year ahead. In her annual mid-year budget review, Rosemary Padgett told commissioners that while most county departments are staying within spending limits, the next fiscal year will require even more belt tightening.

“The ability to provide public safety programs and other essential services will require long term financial planning and the establishment of secure and stable revenue sources,” explained Padgett. “The citizens of Josephine County will need to make hard decision on what programs they are willing to support through taxes and fees. These decisions will define the quality of life in Josephine County for several years to come.”

Board Chairman Simon Hare praised the efforts of department heads to keep expenses down and do more with less, but he says some operations are down to one person and that doesn’t leave much backup.