“In the United States, a county is an administrative or political subdivision of a state that consists of a geographic region with specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority.
⁹The term “county” is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs, respectively.“
“A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate.”
“What does this mean to me?”
I get this question a lot…
“So what, Steve!” What does this mean to me in Lincoln City, Oregon? Or, Newport, Toledo, Depoe Bay, Waldport or Yachats for that matter, Sparky?”
So, I say it’s very critical for the citizens of Lincoln County Oregon to understand what a County Commissioner does. Don’t you? Especially before you vote on the May ballot.
To begin with Lincoln County government has delegated authority from the State of Oregon. Yes! Your County Commissioner reports to the Governors Office.
You can say your County Commissioners are the Chief Executives of local government within the boundaries of Lincoln County. The buck stops at your County Commissioners office, better known as the “BOC.”
In Lincoln County, like most of the 3000 counties in the USA, all things connected with public health and safety, laws, courts, elections, land use, housing, tax assessments, health care, social services, Sheriff, County Jail, etc. stop at the door of the BOC, period.
In Lincoln County, the annual budget for fiscal 2022 is around $120million. We employ approximately 500 people who work for the greater good of all of us. The buck stops at the door of your County Commissioners.
It’s a huge job! It takes a strong and experienced leadership team to keep our County safe & prosperous. You don’t do that by electing amateurs or the self serving.
Remember to vote, but do your homework first and foremost!