To the editor:
We appreciate the article regarding the staffing request to the Board of County Commissioners.
I want to clarify that this request for the increase in staff funding originated with a vote by the commissioners at our last Economic Development Committee meeting.
MCEDD does exceptional work providing the staffing for our commission. For a number of years the county supported the staffing with an annual amount of $40,000, and that amount was reduced due to budget issues of the county to the current $35,000.
The request for an additional $10,000 in order to give more help in moving county projects ahead was made in order to further the goal of our commission to help upgrade and revitalize our rural communities.
Chair, Wasco County Economic Development Commission