Sherman County eNews #121


  1. Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 28-30

  2. Did You Know?

  3. Wasco Railroad & City History Center Open June-September

  4. Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual

  5. Oregon Local Governments Not Subject to Local Budget Law

  6. Proposed FCC Rule Change Returns Power to Consumers

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 28-30

The 2017 Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show is this weekend, April 28-30 at the Klickitat County Fair Grounds in Goldendale, WA.  Show Hours are: Friday, April 28 – Noon – 7:00 p.m; Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m; and Sunday, April 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

From their website:  “Welcome to the 2017 Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show. Our 2016 expansion to include hunting and fishing suppliers, guides, and speakers made for a record breaking show. And we listened to your suggestions for 2017!  So we’re gearing up for more sportsman’s exhibits, home improvement, landscaping, and local contractors, plus additional food vendors than in prior years. Get ready for great food, drawings, giveaways, speakers, and unique workshops to help you get the best of outdoor living, home improvement, and this sportsman’s paradise.”

Check out the list of speakers and workshops at:

2. Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Every day in America,

another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2014: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016.

If you or a loved one has been affected by drunk driving, drugged driving or underage drinking, MADD is here to help. 
24-Hour Victim Help Line 877.MADD.HELP

Want more information?

Contact Taylor at Sherman County Prevention


3. Wasco Railroad & City History Center Open June-September

Wasco Railroad & City History Center


June through September

Fridays and Saturdays

1-4 o’clock

Wasco, Oregon

Questions? Call Carol MacKenzie 541-442-5079

4. Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual

Most local governments in Oregon, from the smallest cemetery district to the largest city, must prepare and adopt an annual budget. Schools, education service districts, community colleges, counties, cities, urban renewal agencies, and most special districts are all subject to the same budget provisions.

Excerpts: Oregon’s Local Budget Law is found in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 294.305 to 294.565. The full text of these statutes can be found on the Oregon Legislature web site at

The law sets out several specific steps that must be followed during the budgeting process. The process must begin far enough in advance that it can be followed and the budget adopted before June 30 of the current fiscal year or the last June 30 of the current biennial budget period. Without a budget for the new fiscal period in place, the local government’s authority to spend money or incur obligations expires on June 30. A local government’s ability to impose a property tax is also contingent on following the budgeting process. Compliance with Local Budget Law is critical for local governments… … 

…To give the public ample opportunity to participate in the budgeting process, Local Budget Law requires that a budget officer be appointed and that a budget committee be formed that includes voters from the district. The budget officer draws together necessary information and prepares the proposed budget. The budget committee reviews and may revise the proposed budget before it is formally approved. After the budget committee approves the budget, the governing body publishes a summary of the budget and holds a public hearing, at which any person may appear for or against any item in the budget.

These requirements encourage public participation in budget making. They also give public exposure to budgeted programs and fiscal policies before the governing body adopts the budget. Citizen involvement in the budget cycle varies from one community to another. It is up to each local government to prepare a budget that clearly outlines its fiscal policies for the patrons of the district. If a budget is clear and concise, taxpayers have a better understanding of what services their tax dollars are buying. Local governments may find citizen input informative and rewarding.

The major steps of the budgeting process are outlined in Chapter 3. A more complete outline of the budget process, with cites to specific Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules, is in Appendix B.


5. Oregon Local Governments Not Subject to Local Budget Law

Local governments give notice of budget hearings in local newspapers, generally cities and counties. There are exceptions for this requirement, including: Chapter 190 entities, Frontier TeleNet, Frontier Digital Network, Frontier Regional 911 Agency and Mid-Columbia Council of Governments. See #14 below.

Most local governments and other municipal corporations in Oregon are subject to Local Budget Law and must prepare and adopt a budget according to that law. There are a few exceptions. The following districts are totally or partially exempt from Local Budget Law requirements (ORS 294.316

  1. Drainage districts organized under ORS 547.
  2. District improvement companies organized under ORS 554.
  3. Highway lighting districts organized under ORS 372.
  4. Irrigation districts organized under ORS 545.
  5. Road districts organized under ORS 371. Note: Road districts that impose a property tax must submit tax certification documents. County road districts organized under ORS 371.097 are subject to local budget law. 17 150-504-420 (Rev. 05-12)
  6. Soil and water conservation districts organized under ORS Chapter 568 that will not impose an ad valorem tax during the ensuing year. Those that do impose a property tax during the ensuing year or biennium are subject to Local Budget Law.
  7. Municipal public utilities operating under separate boards or commissions, authorized under ORS Chapter 225 and city charters, and people’s utility districts organized under ORS Chapter 261, both operating without ad valorem tax support during the ensuing year.
  8. Housing authorities organized under ORS Chapter 456 that are not carrying out urban renewal activities using tax increment financing under ORS 457.440 during the ensuing year.
  9. Water control districts, organized under ORS 553 that will not impose taxes during the ensuing year.
  10. Hospital financing authorities organized under ORS 441.525 to 441.595.
  11. Export trading corporations organized under ORS 777.755 to 777.800.
  12. Diking districts organized under Chapter 551.
  13. Health districts organized under ORS 440.315 to 440.410. Health districts may not adopt a biennial budget. Their budget process is outlined in ORS Chapter 440.
  14. Intergovernmental entities or councils of governments formed under the provisions of ORS 190.010, unless they levy property tax.

These organizations are subject to separate budget requirements found in ORS 294.900 to 294.930.  Those that impose a property tax during the ensuing year or biennium are subject to Local Budget Law, ORS 294.305 to 294.565.

… … … Local governments that are not required to follow Local Budget Law may choose to follow the process in preparing their budgets anyway. Local Budget Law provides a framework of sound budgeting practices.

6. Proposed FCC Rule Change Returns Power to Consumers

Chairman Ajit Pai’s bold move revives free-market principles,  ends Obama-era moves against speech

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union (ACU) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to reduce and redirect the role of the federal government in American’s lives by scaling back Obama-era regulations to allow Americans to have better access to the internet.

ACU stands for the right of the people to express themselves without government censorship or interference. This is a central tenant on which our nation was founded.

Similarly, we stand for free market competition since it respects the rights of the people to use their property freely, and because it produces the best possible services for consumers at the best prices. Innovation is stifled without it.  That is why the government should never favor one company over another, but should instead allow open competition within the law.

The prior FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, was unable to find any market failure or consumer harm, so he instead implemented what his White House controllers referred to as “President Obama’s Plan” (despite the fact that the FCC by law is supposed to be independent of the White House).  The FCC has a duty to the American people to allow them the opportunity to make choices based on their desire for different types of services. It also has a duty to operate independent of the White House.

Tom Wheeler instead chose to use the power of the FCC to take over 1/6th of the economy and to weaponize the FCC against those who hold views different from his own. To use the FCC to intimidate and censor people and private companies is an abuse of power, anti-First Amendment, and un-American. Chairman Pai should be commended for commonsense and transparent reforms and for adhering to a rulemaking process that invites public scrutiny and debate, unlike his predecessor.  We stand with Chairman Pai and his commitment to American consumers and their right to choose a service provider which best meets their needs.

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual 

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Gov. Brown outlines steps to cut state overhead costs 

Gov. Kate Brown seeks savings in collective bargaining, debt collection and PERS 

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When Bill O’Reilly Misled His Viewers

A Tax Expert’s Take on Trump’s Proposal: ‘A Truly Great Tax Plan’ 

Oregon Capital Insider