County proposes 2019-21 biennium budget

The proposed Benton County budget for the 2019-2021 biennium was released on April 17, 2019. Budget review meetings have been occurring over the past two weeks and will conclude towards the end of May. At the end of the budget review, the Budget Committee will approve the 2019-2021 biennium budget and set the maximum property tax rates for each year of the biennium.

A summary of the approved budget will then be published and the Board of Commissioners will conduct a final public hearing before officially adopting the budget. The Board of Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to conduct the final public hearing and consider the budget for adoption on June 18, 2019.

County honors public health advocates and partners at annual awards event

Congratulations to City of Corvallis Police Department Livability team members: Sergeant Joel Goodwin, Officer James Dodge, Officer Trevor Anderson, Officer Luke Thomas, Officer Josh Zessin and Officer Dale Raybould (pictured above left). The City of Corvallis Police Department Livability team are recipients of the 2019 of the Sheldon Wagner Public Health Service Award.

And, hats off to recently retired Benton County Special Transportation Coordinator Lee Lazaro, recipent of the Roger Irvin Health in all Policies Award (pictured above right).

County Fair and Rodeo announces 2019 main stage line-up

The Benton County Fair & Rodeo proudly presents the 2019 Pioneer Telephone Main Stage entertainment:

Wednesday, July 31
  • 7:00pm, Trevor Tagle
  • 8:30pm, Jackson Michelson

Thursday, August 1
  • 7:00 pm, Petty Fever: Tom Petty Tribute
  • 8:30 pm, Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen  

Friday, August 2
  • 7:00 pm, 5 Guys Named Moe
  • 8:30 pm, Taylor Dayne

Saturday, August 3
  • 7:00 pm, Briana Renea
  • 8:30 pm, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers

Tickets go on sale June 3, 2019. Concerts are free with paid admission to the fair. Seating in the outdoor venue is first come, first serve.  

Benton County first in state health factor rankings

For the fifth year in a row, Benton County ranks first in overall health factors, and for the second year in a row, Benton County ranks second in overall health outcomes according to the annual Oregon County Health Rankings released in March by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Although the County ranks highly and experiences ongoing stability among health factors and outcomes, the County’s recently completed 2017 Community Health Assessment process identified areas needing improvement. 

Let's Pull Together on May 18!
Bring your friends, your family, or your group, and join in to reduce the impacts of invasive plants! Come to any one of the Let’s Pull Together locations on Saturday May 18 to remove weeds. Benton Soil & Water Conservation District site coordinators and on-site noxious weed experts will assist you in identifying native plants and noxious weeds. 

May is Mental Health Month
May 2019 marks the 70 th year of observing Mental Health Awareness Month. In honor of this important observance, look for our #MentalHealthMonth awareness campaign on @BentonCoGov Facebook and Twitter channels throughout the month of May.
Public Health Hep-A prevention campaign sees success

Since 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been assisting state and local health departments in eighteen states to deal with Hepatitis-A outbreaks that have sickened over 13,500 people and killed at least 119.

To date there have been no Oregon Hepatitis-A cases epidemiologically linked to any of the outbreaks around the country. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution and an ever-improving understanding of the risks facing our unhoused population, Benton County Health Department began a Hepatitis-A prevention campaign in late 2017.

Last day to report flood damage in Benton County is May 15

The Benton County Commissioners Annabelle Jaramillo, Pat Malone and Xan Augerot signed a declaration of local emergency/disaster for the unincorporated areas of Benton County on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Heavy rains and the release of water at Dorena Dam in Lane County resulted in substantial flooding in the County.

May 15, 2019, is the last day to report flood damage in Benton County. Additionally, if you live in a flood plain or have National Flood Insurance Program coverage, please contact Toby Lewis, Benton County Flood Plain Manager, at 541-766-6819. 

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