In the annual State of the County address, Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr called 2017 a year of stabilization and progress.
He cited the county’s continued financial woes, while lauding the fact that the county was able to balance the budget without laying off workers or dipping into reserves for the first time in 7 years. Farr also described the housing crisis affecting Lane County.
“Counties and cities throughout this state have struggled to find adequate numbers of decent places for men and women and families to live.” Farr said, “Leaving many suffering from grossly inadequate living conditions for the first times in their lives. And for the first time in their lives living in homelessness.”
But Farr said the county will continue to focus on finding solutions to homelessness in 2018. Farr said other challenges include mental health care, and reducing traffic deaths on county roads. Farr celebrated the renewal of a funding levy for the county jail. On Tuesday, the Board of Lane County Commissioners will meet to elect a new chair.