LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Last week Senator Jeff Merkley said other counties transferred their road funds to other areas in the budget, but Lane County administrators say that’s only for the sheriff’s office patrol, not jail beds.
The Oregon Legislature back in 2007 allowed only Lane County and Douglas County to transfer this timber money to patrols, still linking the money to the roads.
Lane County has done that every year since.
“By the end of next year, we will transfer about $12.6 million from the road fund over into sheriff office patrol. It cannot, however, be used for things like jail or prosecuting,” said Lane County Budget Manager Christine Moody.
In the last legislative session, the law was extended for other Oregon counties to have this same flexibility.