The Linn County Board of Commissioners received good news this week: a clean audit by Pauly Rogers & Co., certified public accountants.

The audit was for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

CPA Tara Kamp, speaking by phone because of the bad weather, told the board that the audit turned up no exceptions or issues that required comments, and the county has no issues of noncompliance or questioned costs.

County Administrator Ralph Wyatt thanked new accounting officer Bill Palmer for his work preparing audit materials.

Elected officials will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the commissioners' board room to get overall directions for compiling their 2019-20 budgets.

Public budget hearings will begin April 22.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement for $11,162 with the Oregon Health Authority to be used for emergency preparedness.

• Approved a personal services contract with Family Tree Relief Nursery for peer recovery mentor services not to exceed $189,634. This is a pass-through from the Justice Reinvestment Grant.

• Approved continuation of a contract with the Santiam Canyon School District to provide mental health services to identified youth. The contract is not to exceed $2,700.

• Approved an agreement with Oregon Health & Science University for an unpaid internship.

• Approved establishing a budget line item for revenue minus expenses from the inmate telephone system inside the Linn County Jail. Oregon law requires those funds be used for inmate welfare and education programs. It previously has been returned to the jail’s operating fund. The estimated shift is $77,000 from the commissary and phones.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.


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