The recent Gazette-Times article on the county budget and the amount being budgeted for the District Attorney's office was really sad. The office needs more attorneys and staff to deal with the increase of cases. Instead, it has had to eliminate prosecuting and/or dealing with low-level crime, property crime as an example. For those of you who have been victims of low-level crime, the effect may be that nothing happens.
Instead, the county continues to fund the museum year after year. The museum has the ability to fundraise on their own, and it does. The District Attorney's office cannot do fundraising. The county’s inclination to not sufficiently add staff because wages are an ongoing cost seems disingenuous. Hundred of thousands of dollars go to the museum every year even though they could be used to improve our criminal justice system. What are the priorities of the commissioners?
From what I can see the museum can stand on its own. The District Attorney's office is crying out for help and the consequences of not enough attorneys and staff play out in the general public and individuals who come in contact with law enforcement.
This approach seems very short-sighted.
Corvallis (May 2)