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Marion County, Oregon

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Marion County is one of 36 counties in Oregon. Founded in 1843, its population is 315,335 as of 2010.[1] The county seat is in Salem. It was named after Francis Marion, a general in the Revolutionary War.[2]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Oregon county websites

This site was evaluated on Aug. 27, 2012.

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The good

  • Budget
    • Has budget information online.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Has county commissioners' meeting information online.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information is available for elected officials.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is available for administrative officials.[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Has building permits and zoning information online.[7]
  • Audits
    • Has audit information online.[8]
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
    • Has local tax information online and online tax payment.[10]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Available meeting minutes are partial.
  • Contracts
    • No information regarding contracts.
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information not available.

Budget

The 2011-2012 amended budget for Marion County is $343,825,851. The 2012-2013 proposed budget is $352,254,582, a 2.5 percent increase.[11] The 2011-2012 proposed budget was $341,796,802; the figures in the following table are from the proposed budget, as the amended budget specifics are unavailable.[12]

Category Expenses
Assessor's Office $5,626,284
Board of Commissioners' Office $1,984,466
Business Services $6,607,553
Children and Families $2,864,971
Clerk's Office $2,830,782
District Attorney's Office $9,624,226
Finance $2,070,588
Health $60,875,603
Information Technology $8,001,897
Justice Courts $830,443
Juvenile $12,322,595
Legal $1,873,596
Public Works $93,002,448
Sheriff's Office $52,852,511
Treasurer's Office $440,816
Capital and Non Departmental Operations $75,193,035
TOTAL $341,796,802
[13]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Meeting minutes for the Board of Commissioners are available online since 2008, but some are missing.[14] A calendar is available, as is a livestream of commission meetings.[15][16]

Name Position
W. A. Shawn Beaton Interim Assessor
Walter M. Beglau District Attorney
Sam Brentano Commissioner
Bill Burgess Clerk
Janet Carlson Commissioner
Patti Milne Commissioner
Jason Myers Sheriff
Laurie Steele Treasurer
[17]

Administrative Officials

The Chief Administrative Officer is John Lattimer.[18]

The county employee count was last updated June 26, 2012.

Employee Type Count FTE
Full-Time Regular 1195 1195
Full-Time Temporary 60 60
Part-Time Regular 81 55.02
Part-Time Temporary 334 334
Total Employees 1670 1644.02
[19]

Salaries

See also: Oregon state government salary

The county has pay tables and benefits information on its human resources website.[20] Marion County also has job descriptions and specifications available.[21]

Pensions

See also: Oregon public pensions

Oregon has one public pension fund, the Public Employees Retirement System. According to the PERS website, "you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program on the earliest date in which you complete at least 600 hours of service in each of five calendar years (the years do not have to be consecutive). If you are an active member any time on or after reaching normal retirement age, you become a vested member regardless of years of service. Once you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program, you cannot lose your benefit rights unless you withdraw from the program."[22]

The state has funded PERS 86 percent, with $5.8 billion in unfunded liabilities.

An April 28 article in The Oregonian estimates about 10 percent of pensioners double dip.[23]

Emergency personnel

The county divides fire protection into districts, and the sheriff's office is the county authority for police protection.[24][25]

Lobbying

See also: Oregon government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, Marion County spent $40,000 on lobbying in 2012 and has spent $920,000 on lobbying since 2001.[26]

Year Amount Spent on Lobbying
2012 $40,000
2011 $80,000
2010 $80,000
2009 $110,000
2008 $90,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $40,000
2005 $80,000
2004 $100,000
2003 $80,000
2002 $80,000
2001 $60,000
Total $920,000

Transparency & public records

Marion county does not have a public information officer, and individuals interested in obtaining public records are directed to the commissioners.[27] The Sheriff's Office has a public information officer for any inquiries about the department.[28]

Taxes

The tax office has information on property records, how to pay taxes online, and foreclosure information.[29]

Ballot measures

Ballotpedia has an article on ballot measures in Marion County.

External links

References