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1 Siuslaw County Project A New County for a Bright Future – Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond! Prepared and presented by: Chief Petitioner: Keith Stanton

2 Benefits to Siuslaw Residents 1) Voice in how the County is administered 2) Reflect local values and attitudes 3) Taxes collected locally are spent locally 4) Responsive + Accountable to local problems 5) Encourage Personal Vitality (Quality of Life) 6) Encourage Economic Vitality (Business/Jobs) 7) Reduce waste, corruption, and incompetence 8) Eliminate need to impose new onerous taxes

3 Lane County > some Union States Rhode Island is 1,212 square miles Delaware is 2,044 square miles Combined is only 3,256 square miles Lane County is 4,610 square miles Connecticut is 5,018 square miles Hawaii is 6,470 square miles New Jersey is 7,787 square miles Massachusetts is 8,284 square miles

4 Subdividing Lane County

5 History Of Subdivisions 1818 – Oregon Country joint use Britain & America 1846 – N 49 th parallel boundary Britain & America 1847 – Linn subdivided out of Champooick District 1851 – Lane subdivided out of Linn County Oregon 1852 – Douglas subdivided out of Lane County 1853 – Washington/Idaho Territories subdivide out 1853 – Lane County extended to Pacific Ocean as County based on Siuslaw Watershed 1854 – Wasco subdivided out of Lane and Linn resulting in Lane boundary in use today 2006 – Siuslaw subdivided out of Lane County (?)

6 Township Range 7W + West

7 Siuslaw County Coverage

8 Eastern Boundary Line Alma - town and all west of it on Siuslaw River Rd Blachly - town plus 2 miles further east on Hwy 36 Horton - town including all Horton Road also the starting homes on High Pass Rd Noti - 3 mi west town, roughly milepost 40 Hwy 126 Hwy 36 to approximately house number 21,300 Hwy 126 to approximately house number 22,000 Penn Rd to approximately house number 22,000

9 TRS System SiuslawCounty.Org TT–RR-SS-MM-LLLLL If your xx-RR-xx is 07 or higher, you are Siuslaw County TRS chart shown available on web:

10 Comparing 36 Counties Landmass: 1,065 square miles 23 % of Lane County’s 4,620 sqmi 10 are smaller and mostly healthy Population: 20,000 residents 6% of Lane County’s 329,400 souls 10 have fewer and most are healthy Density: 18.8 people per square mile Lane has 71.3 (Eugene/Springfield) 15 have lower and still are healthy

11 Real Estate Wealth Market Value: $1,823,000 (adjusted ‘03) 7% of Lane County’s $26,749, have less and are mostly healthy Per Capita: $91,161 per person 112% of Lane’s $81,205 average 17 have lower values and are healthy And was it mentioned Siuslaw County is experiencing a growth in spite of Lane County’s Public Works Dept?

12 Conclusion of Comparables More Natural Resources More Human Resources More Wealth Resources More Tax/other Revenues Siuslaw County when compared has: than 1/3rd of the 36 Oregon Counties! Siuslaw County is clearly very possible!

13 Information Sources Oregon Constitution & Revised Statutes Oregon Blue Book Lane County Budget (May 2005) Lane County Tax Statements CD Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) Lane County Staff (numerous departments) Discussions with the other Oregon Counties Published reports of investigative journalists Reports of personal experiences with County

14 Big Business of LC is Government 1Peace Harbor Medical4,162 workers 2University of Oregon3,600 workers 3Monaco Coach RV2,200 workers 4Weyerhaeuser Timber2,122 workers 5Eugene School District1,990 workers 6Country Coach RV1,600 workers 7Lane County Seat1,531 workers 8City of Eugene1,390 workers 9Lane Community College1,335 workers 10Springfield School District1,300 workers 11Hynix {high tech / computers}1,037 workers 12Bethel School District 600 workers

15 Lane County > some Union States Rhode Island is 1,212 square miles Delaware is 2,044 square miles Combined is only 3,256 square miles Lane County is 4,610 square miles Connecticut is 5,018 square miles Hawaii is 6,470 square miles New Jersey is 7,787 square miles Massachusetts is 8,284 square miles

16 Taxation With (?) Representation 217,000Lane County Voters (estimated) 11,000Siuslaw County voter component 5% of the vote, of the voice NO EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION 11,000 Siuslaw County voters after transfer 11,000 Siuslaw County voting component 100% of the vote, of the voice TRUE REPRESENTATION AFTER 100 YEARS

17 County Reflects its Worker Base Lane County employees live and work in: EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD Only when our county workers: Live Locally Work Locally Play Locally Raise Families Locally Retire/Vote Locally will County respect our Values and Attitudes

18 Home Rule Applies Since – first attempt to form Siuslaw County, fails as it requires passing a Legislative Act ???? – every couple decades idea resurfaces, fails as no Legislative Act or Lane gives offer 1975 – Mapleton considers Siuslaw, got suckered, Lane offers to return coastal services (temp) 1984 – last attempt using McCall name to get political pull, fails to get Legislative passage Since – Oregon Revised Statutes are changed, extend Home Rule to forming new County

19 The Process of Formation Criteria – 400+ sqmi and residents Petition – signed by 50%+1 of voters in area have 1 year from approval (27 Sept ‘05) Validation – Lane County has 90 days for signature validation and placing on ballot Election – 50%+1 of votes by voters in area Proclamation – by Governor within 30 days

20 Under New Management Board – Gov apts Judge + 2 commissioners Staffing – Board apts sheriff, county clerk, county assessor, county treasurer, county surveyor, elected/needful positions Transfer – Board meets with Lane County to determine what assets, revenue, liabilities, staffing, codes, manuals, software, etc….. Elect – At next Nov election, all elected office apts replaced by elected representatives

21 Possible Transfer Scheme Funding for a area-specific program goes there Funding related to voters means 5% to Siuslaw Funding related to people means 6% to Siuslaw Funding related to area means 23% to Siuslaw Funding divided by geographic areas: examples 10% of property tax + 37% of timber receipts Proration of facilities and equipment with that in Siuslaw County transferred or compensated Proration $ M reserve account (fund dep) Proration of liability related to Siuslaw area Potential transfer/rehire of workers in Siuslaw

22 Oregon Districting System Districts overlap; but, responsibilities are separated. Also separate funding & elected Board of Directors.

23 County Services Law & Order – Courts, Sheriff, District Attorney,Corrections, Jails/Prisons/Holdings, Animal Regulation Public Services – Land Use, Roads, Parks, Building/Safety, Children/Family/Human Services, Waste Administration – Commissioners/Administrator, Personnel, Facilities, Data Proc, Tax Assess/Collection Special Programs – Business/Workforce Partnership, Fair, etc…

24 Published Budget Not in Real $ Some have heard the Lane County Budget as: $473,377,037FY05-06 Budget # used in Public This number is for internal use for it is misleading to the rest of us normal citizens. It must be adjusted: -- 7,080,350pass through property tax to ESDs -- 7,536,000non-county obligations in trust -- 30,158,947internal loan/transfers dept dept -- 90,446,629double/triple/… dollar accounting ,110,432continuing reserve for future needs These are given in appendix B to finally arrive at: $231,044,679REAL DOLLAR BUDGET FIGURE

25 Smoke & Mirrors (Real$ v Looney$) L$473,377,037FY05-06 Budget for use in Public -- 7,080,350pass through property tax to ESDs -- 7,536,000non-county obligations in trust -- 30,158,947internal loan/transfers dept dept -- 90,446,629double/triple/… dollar accounting ,110,432continuing reserve for future needs ============48.8% X Looney$ = Real$ R$231,044,679THE REAL EXPENSE FIGURE

26 Lane Payroll Costs (Real$) Budget Exp FTE ave/emp Department/Division/+ 4,328, ,364 Assessment & Taxation 2,998, ,654 BCC, Admin, & Counsel 532, ,960 Children & Families 8,417, ,854 Data Processing Svs 6,225, ,470 District Attorney 21,999, ,975 Health & Human Svs 6,288, ,877 Management Services 30,444, ,162 Public Works Dept. 35,395, ,721 Sheriff’s Office 6,011, ,789 Youth Correctional Svs 5,203, ,295 Fair, Justice Court, WP ========== ===== ====== 127,846, ,357 Total + aver cost/worker

27 Manpower Budget Entries Example of Public Works, FTE staffing: 17,083, % Hired Worker Salaries 11,542, % Hiree Benefits (68% * salary) 550, % Extra Help & Unclas Temps 380, % Overtime Pay 317, % Reduce Unfunded Vacation 176, % Compensatory Time 104, % Salary Offset 287, % Risk Management Benefits ========= ===== ($78,166+ payroll/worker) 30,444, % Total PW Manpower Cost

28 Non-Working Paid Days Exempt worker - holiday, sick, vacation, personal,… working days month+week+day non-exempt Starting 32 = 1mon + 2wks + 2days 29 >1 year 36 = 1mon + 3wks + 1days 32 >2 years 40 = 2mon + 0wks + 0days 35 >4 years 44 = 2mon + 0wks + 4days 38 >9 years 48 = 2mon + 1wks + 3days 41 >14 years 52 = 2mon + 2wks + 2days 44 >19 years 56 = 2mon + 3wks + 1days 47

29 Lane County Manpower Dec’05 Job Title Salary Health PERS Other Total Probation Officer 1 9K 4K 2K 1K 15K Trash Fee Collector 21K 15K 4K 2K 42K Custodian 29K 15K 6K 4K 54K Tire Repairman 39K 15K 9K 5K 69K Deputy Sheriff 2 52K 16K 14K 25K 107K Veg Coordinator 63K 17K 13K 7K 100K Sheriff Lieutenant 79K 17K 21K 30K 147K County Lobbyist 81K 18K 19K 17K 135K Uncl Professional 94K 18K 20K 9K 141K Health Center Off 120K 19K 26K 10K 175K Mental Health Off 143K 21K 31K 10K 205K

30 Entry Level Comparison Private Flor-City Lane-C Siuslaw-C Days off * $ Salary 15K 24K 15K 16K % Benefit ** 8% 56% 73% 20% $ Benefits 1K 14K 18K 3K $ Total 16K 38K 26K 19K Cost/Hr * 15 days = 5 holidays, 5 vacation, and 5 sick ** benefits: health, pension, SS, UnEmp, WC,...

31 Average Worker Comparison Private Flor-City Lane-C Siuslaw-C Days off * $ Salary 25K 46K 50K 46K % Benefit ** 12% 54% 66% 20% $ Benefits 3K 25K 33K 9K $ Total 28K 71K 83K 55K Cost/Hr * 20 days = 5 holidays, 10 vacation, and 5 sick ** benefits: health, pension, SS, UnEmp, WC,...

32 Administrator Comparison Private Flor-City Lane-C Siuslaw-C Days off n/a $ Salary n/a 82K 114K 100K % Benefit n/a 52% 69% 20% $ Benefits n/a 43K 79K 20K Total (S&B) n/a 125K 193K 120K # Workers n/a

33 District Management Forms Common form is elected stipend-paid Board with appointed full-time/paid District Manager Works best with populations under 100,000 Basic County is: 1 Judge and 2 Commissioners where Judge must be full/part-time paid and remaining Commissioners can be either Lane County has a full time paid Administrator, Judge, + 5 Commissioners (aver $132K+ ea) Several Oregon counties have no Administrator

34 BOD/Councilman/Commissioner Charity Florence Lane-C Siuslaw-C Days off $ Salary K 0 % Benefit % 0 $ Benefits K 0 Total (S&B) K 0 # Commish ? # Citizens Ea ? 1.5K 66K 10K

35 Siuslaw Manpower Adjustments Use non-paid Commissioners like most Districts Reduce benefits 66% X salary to private sec 20% Reduce average pd days off of 40 to private 20 No need for as many costly managers (86 staff) Cost of living in Mapleton area ?may? be a factor Rural communities have high volunteerism; but, insufficient data to determine the affect here For 6% services need 6% “production” workers

36 Siuslaw Payroll Costs (Real$) Lane County FTE Department Transfer Siuslaw 4,328, Assess & Tax ,320 2,998, Admin+Counsel , , Child & Family ,079 8,417, Data Proc Svs ,547 6,225, District Attorney ,075 21,999, Health&Human ,859 6,288, Management ,768 30,444, Public Works ,108,861 35,395, Sheriff Office ,289,215 6,011, Youth Correct ,654 5,203, Court & WP , ,846, (SC cost 3.7%) ,781,947

37 Siuslaw Expenses (Real$) Lane County Define Transfer Siuslaw gets 127,846,004 Payroll (S&B) 3.7% 4,781,947 60,300,818 Mat & Services 6.0? 3,618,049 33,520,788 Capital Costs 6.0? 2,011,247 9,377,069 Fiscal Transfer 6.0? 562,624 ========== ========= 231,044,679 average x 4.7% = 10,973,867

38 Siuslaw Revenues (Real$) Lane County Define Transfer Siuslaw gets 34,326,806 Property Tax 9.8% 3,364,027 26,690,506 Federal Fund 6.0? 1,601,430 41,600,000 (timber O&C) 37.0% 15,392,000 85,084,934 State Funds 6.0? 5,105,096 5,544,861 Local G/R 6.0? 332,692 3,266,198 License/Permit 6.0? 195,972 3,736,539 Fines/Penalties 6.0? 224,192 89,478,270 Fees/Charges 6.0? 5,368, ,065,839 Internal Adjust 6.0? -5,043,950 ========= ========= 205,662,275 average x 12.1% = 26,540,155

39 Siuslaw Budget (Real$) From SC Revenue Slide (12.1%): 26,540,155 From SC Expense Slide (4.7%): -- 10,973, Surplus revenue (after 11M in bills ): 15,566,288

40 Siuslaw Budget (Real$) From SC Revenue Slide (12.1%): 26,540,155 From SC Expense Slide (4.7%): -- 10,973, Surplus revenue (after 11M in bills ): 15,566,288 If O&C timber funding cut in half: -- 7,696, Surplus revenue (after 11M in bills): 7,870,288

41 Siuslaw Budget (Real$) From SC Revenue Slide (12.1%): 26,540,155 From SC Expense Slide (4.7%): -- 10,973, Surplus revenue (after 11M in bills ): 15,566,288 If O&C timber funding cut in half: -- 7,696, Surplus revenue (after 11M in bills): 7,870,288 DON’T FORGET SHARE OF THE RESERVE Reserve Fund (6% of 132,492,836): +7,949,570

42 Other County Boards Lake Crook Mulheur Clatsop Coos Pop 7,400 20,300 32,000 36,300 63,000 Area 8,359 2,991 9, ,629 Judge FT 67,265 52,416 FT 57,000 Com1 24,450 29,619 15,976 9,000 same Com2 same same same 6,000 same Com? Just2 Just2 Just2 Five Just2 Admin none 67,265 55,731 92,251 none Employ Budget 34M 144M 24M 50M 135M Healthy No Yes Yes Yes Yes

43 Oregon Districting System Districts overlap; but, responsibilities are separated. Also separate funding & elected Board of Directors.

44 County Services Law & Order – Courts, Sheriff, District Attorney,Corrections, Jails/Prisons/Holdings, Animal Regulation Public Services – Land Use, Roads, Parks, Building/Safety, Children/Family/Human Services, Waste Administration – Commissioners/Administrator, Personnel, Facilities, Data Proc, Tax Assess/Collection Special Programs – Business/Workforce Partnership, Fair, etc…

45 Siuslaw County Facilities Siuslaw County residents have paid through taxes to build various facilities throughout Lane County of which the transfer will include either take-over, lease, anor compensation for. Administrative/Sheriff Offices (initially lease) Court House (lease Florence Justice Center?) Jails/Prisons (lease LC’s unused capacity +?) 911 Dispatch (existing facility in Florence) Road Crew (existing facility north of Florence) Parks (existing facilities throughout Siuslaw)

46 Cost Saving Suggestions Pay for an administrator and not commissioners Have functions compete with private providers Make jobs competitive, stop lavish benefit progs Make PW code enforcement not revenue collect Move toward user fee versus general tax funding Seriously consider eliminating non-funded progs Facilitate/enable volunteer involvement/services Focus living within means not revenue expansion Encourage cost saving suggestions from citizens

47 PC Survey Questions Rate Lane County as relates to you Bad Good Sheriff coverage + fighting crime: 17.4 of 100 Build & maintain public facilities: 33.2 of 100 Protect your rights (eg pvt prop): 15.2 of 100 Improve public safety (hom/bus): 10.3 of 100 On formation of Siuslaw County No Yes County offices closer to people? 90.2 of 100 Should coastal area break away? 95.1 of 100 Would you sign a petition for it? 93.5 of 100 Would you vote for it if on ballot? 94.6 of 100

48 Petition Approved (27 Sep ’05)

49 Direct Mail Fact Sheet

50 What Can I Do To Help? Sign the petition tonight (if in doubt – sign) Take blank petitions home to gather signatures Spread the word by talking to family & friends Visit SiuslawCounty.Org for updates/contacts Offer your expertise as a consultant Offer your time as a volunteer (need all levels) Offer your dollars to help offset our expenses Write “Letters to the Editor” giving your views Line up presentations at your club meetings

51 Benefits to Siuslaw Residents 1) Voice in how our County is administered 2) Reflect local values and attitudes 3) Taxes collected locally are spent locally 4) Responsive + Accountable to local problems 5) Encourage Personal Vitality (Quality of Life) 6) Encourage Economic Vitality (Business/Jobs) 7) Reduce waste, corruption, and incompetence 8) Eliminate need to impose new onerous taxes

52 Conclusion of Comparables More Natural Resources More Human Resources More Wealth Resources More Tax/other Revenues Siuslaw County when compared has: than 1/3rd of the 36 Oregon Counties! Siuslaw County is clearly very possible!

53 Siuslaw Watershed (most of)

54 CQ: Why Call It “Siuslaw”? Westerner Names: Coastal County Dune County Florence County Haceta County Western County Easterner Names: Forestal County Cedar County Walton County Badger County Mapleton County Siuslaw is historical, is geographical, is native, is unique, is commonly used, & encompasses

55 CQ: Where Locate County Seat? Driving time roughly same for all residents (E+W) Outside of any incorporated city (avoid extortion) Available & inexpensive suitable & buildable land Relatively clear of potential natural disasters Available & existing roads, utilities, etc. services Available, inexpensive, & capable labor force Conforms/beneficial to long term considerations

56 Siuslaw County Seat

57 Police Tax District County Sheriff conducts: – Policing (criminal activities in progress) – Investigations (solving recent/past crimes) – Court Order enforcements (civil/criminal) County Police could be set up to: – Policing (same) – Investigations (same) – but, only Sheriff may enforce Court Orders Implementation mechanism: – New taxes and elected Board of Directors – Like cities, another police force to deal with – Another District wanting more every year

58 ? ? ? Questions ? ? ? SiuslawCounty.Org - VISIT - LaneCounty.Org

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