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COUNTY PREPARES TO CUT PROGRAMS

GOLD BEACH A special budget meeting has been scheduled by the Curry County commissioners for 1 p.m. today (March 20) in the commissioners hearing room in the courthouse annex.

Commissioner Marlyn Schafer said, This is the year we tell the people we cant fund all the programs that need to be funded.

She told the other commissioners, We have to sit down together and say these are the departments we have to fund.

Commissioner Rachelle Schaaf said, Ive been trying to reconcile the state budget with our local budget.

The choices made by the governor effectively destroyed things Id worked three years to establish in this county, she said. Its been devastating. Its destroyed our ability to fund programs.

Commissioner Lucie La Bont said, in a report on her recent activities, I feel compelled to say that even though I may disagree with some of the cuts the governor and the Legislature have made to the state budget, we elected them.

Bill Sizemore is responsible for initiatives that have undermined state and local governments and schools, Measures 5, 49 and 50, which have caused a loss of funding to the county, she said.

La Bont said she did not support Sizemore or his initiatives. She wanted to see which state legislators were responsible for putting the federal funding dedicated to forest county schools into the general state school-funding formula.

Now, she said, non-forest counties receive the funding that our countys schools were supposed to receive because of the loss of forest revenue.

Those are the policies that have adversely impacted Curry County school funding, and state and local government.

The Legislature and governor were handed a task that no one could be satisfied with, she said.

The commissioners hope to balance the countys budget for fiscal year 2002-03 during all-day workshops scheduled for Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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