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Dear Clackamas County resident/stakeholder:

Clackamas County’s expenditures are outpacing its funding streams. Less than 19% of property taxes you pay go to Clackamas County general operations (for example, approximately 42% goes to schools). Learn more.

This is an opportunity for #ClackCo to become leaner. We’ve already taken several actions to rightsize our budget to ensure we live within our means, just as you do. But we need your help!

We need to know which #ClackCo services you value the most for our community.

#ClackCo Commissioners and the public Budget Committee may need to make challenging decisions about future service funding next June. By completing this 5-7 minute survey, you are providing county officials with critical sentiment about the value of services that we offer.

Please note that the county operates many more services than the ones listed in this survey. Services like health clinics, road maintenance, or 911 emergency. But these are funded from federal, state, or other dedicated funding streams – not your property taxes (aside from administrative costs).

Our survey has grouped services into the following pages/categories:
  • Public Health (providing care, actions, and research aimed at keeping residents healthy)
  • Vulnerable Populations (providing services to at-risk groups like homeless individuals or vulnerable children)
  • Planning, Development, Taxation & Finance (providing land use, permitting, code enforcement and similar services)
  • General Public Services (includes park maintenance, dog sheltering, library, and similar services)
  • Law and Justice (includes operations of the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office, and juvenile offender services)
Please note that next to each service, we’ve also listed the approximate monetary amount that each receives from property taxes. Many funds receive more from other sources, but the amount listed comes from property taxes.

By law, our budget must be balanced, and it always has been. We sincerely thank you for your participation in helping inform our next budget.

This survey will remain open until Jan. 1, 2020.