Mental Health and Community Safety Survey
Benton County is seeking feedback from community members on proposed updates to the County’s justice system, aimed at improving outcomes. Community members can provide feedback by completing the survey.
Updates may include proposed new facilities that would be funded by a bond measure to be sent to voters in May 2023. The Benton County Board of Commissioners intends to finalize the bond later this year. Community feedback and engagement are critical parts of the bond development process.
The County has been conducting robust community outreach and engagement, with the goal to speak with or receive feedback from as many community members as possible. Your answers will help inform County leaders of community members’ public engagement preferences, as well as priorities and concerns specific to the justice system.
Community members interested in learning more about the bond are encouraged to attend the community safety forum scheduled for October 19 at 6:00 p.m., at Linus Pauling Middle School, to learn more about the County’s goal to keep the community safe. Those unable to attend are encouraged to register to join the forum virtually.
Take the mental health and community safety survey
Learn more about the Justice System Improvement Program.
Justice System Improvement Program updates
The Benton County Board of Commissioners received a report on the site master plan developed for the new Community Safety and Justice Campus, located one mile north of downtown Corvallis adjacent to the HP Inc. campus. Architects from DLR Group have conducted multiple work sessions with County staff and community partners to develop test fits of proposed County justice system facilities on the campus. The site plan is nearing the final stages of development.
Learn more about the Community Safety & Justice Campus site master plan.
On July 29, 2022, Benton County offered a last and best offer of $5.477 million to purchase a 29.53-acre parcel of land for the new Community Safety and Justice Campus. The property owner did not agree to the offer and, following the required 40-day waiting period, Benton County filed for an eminent domain action in court. The last and best offer is designed to both allow the County to extend a fair and just offer of compensation and to assure the property owner that the County is prepared to pay fair market value for the property.
Learn more about the Community Safety and Justice Campus site purchase.
At the September 13 Mental Health Forum for better outcomes in crisis response & the Justice System, feedback was collected from the community activity, audience questions, and discussions with presenters. Key takeaway messages requested that future outreach efforts should:
- Provide more details to the public about funding sources for new/expanded programs and staffing in new facilities (safety levy).
- Address the relationship between existing programs and staffing and the new facilities, including whether the new facilities will result in increased staffing and program costs.
- Clearly state and depict the total costs, leveraged funds, and potential bond measure cost to taxpayers.
- Emphasize the use of comparatives, data, and best practice recommendations from the comprehensive assessment.
Join us for the next Benton County Community Safety Forum: Improving Accountability and Emergency Response