SALEM, Ore. — Every senator in Oregon voted to help cash-strapped rural counties missing out on timber payments.
Senate Bill 581 is now on its way to the House. It extends a program allowing the state to step in to help counties that have lost timber payments.
The original county assistance law allows a county to declare a fiscal emergency and request the governor to review the level of state required services that are actually provided by the county.
If the governor agrees that the county is in dire straits, he’ll then appoint a board of financial advisors from both the state and the county.