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Washington County, Oregon

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Washington County is one of 36 counties in Oregon. It was originally named Twality County in 1843. The territorial legislature renamed it for George Washington in 1849. Its population was 529,710 as of 2010.[1] The seat and largest city is Hillsboro.

This page was evaluated on August 27, 2012.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Oregon county websites

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The good

  • Budget
    • Has budgets online.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Has county Board of Commissioners' meeting minutes, agenda, and archives online.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Has elected officials' contact information online.[4]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information provided for administrative officials.[5]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Has building permits and zoning information online.[6]
  • Audits
    • Has financial audits available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Contact information is given and guidelines for purchasing.[8] One labor agreement for nurses was published.[9]
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
    • Has general tax information, property tax information, and monthly property tax distribution reports.[11]
    • Has some tax information and online tax payment option.[12]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Not all approved vendor contract statements are provided.
  • Lobbying

Budget

The 2011-2012 modified budget is $692,807,113, and the proposed 2012-2013 budget is $716,912,629, an increase of about 3.5 percent.[13] The 2010-2011 modified budget was $684,204,435.[14]

Category Expenses
General Government $45,494,542
Public Safety and Justice $134,631,115
Land Use, Housing, and Transportation $85,903,470
Health and Human Services $91,328,643
Culture, Education, and Recreation $36,268,841
Non-departmental $9,657,771
Capital Outlay $124,697,029
Non-operating $164,825,702
TOTAL $692,807,113
[15]

Stimulus

Washington County received almost $2.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus.[16] Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Tigard received $924,700, $914,900, and $230,500 for energy efficiency upgrades, respectively.[17]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The county is governed by an elected board of five commissioners. The county is divided into four commissioner districts. One commissioner sits for each district, and the fifth commissioner is "at large" and is the chair of the board. According to the board's website, "Washington County is structured as a Council-Manager form of government, giving the five-member Board of Commissioners legislative responsibility and designating administrative authority to a Board-appointed professional county administrator. The Commissioners also serve as the governing board for Clean Water Services, a public utility providing wastewater, stormwater and other services to nearly 500,000 customers." A calendar of board meetings is also available.[18]

Name Position End of Term
Andy Duyck Chairman December 2014
Pat Garrett Sheriff November 2015
John Hutzler Auditor January 2015
Greg Malinowski District Two Commissioner December 2014
Roy Rogers District Three Commissioner December 2012
Dick Schouten District One Commissioner December 2012
James Shartel Justice of the Peace
Bob Terry District Four Commissioner December 2014
[19][20][21]


Administrative Officials

The current county administrator is Bob Davis.[22]

First Last Position
Bob Davis County Administrator
Don Bohn Assistant County Administrator
Rob Massar Assistant County Administrator
Rod Rice Senior Deputy County Administrator
Sia Lindstrom Senior Deputy County Administrator

Salaries

See also: Oregon state government salary

Washington County has not provided a comprehensive list of public employee salaries as of this time. Washington County pay plans can be found here.

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."[23]

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.[24]

Emergency personnel

According to its website, Washington County has an Office of Consolidated Emergency Management for "the development and maintenance of a county-wide, integrated system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters" and comprises Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Washington County, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue."[25]

Lobbying

See also: Oregon government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, Washington County spent $30,000 on lobbying in 2012 and $804,000 since 1999.[26]

Year Amount Spent on Lobbying
2012 $30,000
2011 $80,000
2010 $70,000
2009 $70,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $20,000
2005 $22,000
2004 $32,000
2003 $40,000
2002 $100,000
2001 $100,000
2000 $60,000
1999 $20,000
Total $804,000

Transparency & public records

The county website provides the policy and procedure for public records requests.[27]

Taxes

The county has a website where residents can pay taxes online, find information about property taxes, and appeal property assessments.[28]

Ballot measures

Ballotpedia has an article on ballot measures in Washington County.

External links

References