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Resolution A: Regarding Incorporated and Unincorporated Cities in Multnomah County

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For those who might be wondering – as I still am:

1) You can find Resolution A at the Multnomah County website simply by entering Resolution A into the seach box.

2) You can also search Portland Online.  It’s not easy to find Resolution A, but you can find references to it. Let us know if you can find a direct link.  We should be able to presume that the Multnomah County Resolution A is the same as a City of Portland one, and everyone does refer to it as an “agreement between Portland and Multnomah County,” but … I can’t find a version with signatures from both entities.  It’s possible there was sign-off at a 1983 meeting or that things were done differently back then or simply that I don’t know enough about these inter-governmental agreements (IGAs), which is most likely.  On a regular workday, I’d just phone the city auditor’s office to ask.  We all have much to learn about how laws are made!

3) I’ve reprinted the Multnomah County website’s Resolution A here, but I recommend you look at the official copy in case my copy-and-paste transmission has dropped any important text:

Type:  Resolution, Order or Proclamation

Date:  03/15/1983

Number:  Resolution A

Title:  IN THE MATTER OF PHASING OUT OF DELIVERY OF URBAN LEVEL OF SERVICES IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY DURING THE NEXT THREE YEARS (RESOLUTION A) 

Text:  BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON
RESOLUTION A

In the matter of Phasing Out of Delivery of Urban Level of Services in the Unincorporated Area of Multnomah County during the next three years (Resolution A)

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners is considering the mission and purpose of Multnomah County; and

WHEREAS, the 150,000 persons currently residing within Multnomah County’s urban growth boundary outside incorporated cities require long-range planning for services; and

WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to clearly express the County’s mission regarding providing services in mid-Multnomah County; and

WHEREAS, Multnomah County’s resources are insufficient to continue current service levels and the government is facing a significant revenue shortfall of approximately $14 million in general resources for FY 1983-84; and

WHEREAS, the first priority for the available resources of Multnomah County shall be for those services available to all residents of the County, such as Assessment and Taxation, Elections, Corrections, Libraries and Health Services; and

WHEREAS, “municipal services” is defined as governmental services usually provided by city governments and shall include but not be limited to police service, neighborhood parks, and land-use planning and permits, “urban” shall be defined as governmental service comparable in quantity and quality to incorporated municipalities, and “rural” shall be defined as governmental service comparable in quantity and quality to unincorporated service areas outside urban growth boundaries.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that County services generally described as “municipal services” at a level considered “urban” rather .than “rural” shall be proportionately reduced starting FY 1983-84 through FY 1986-87 to establish a minimal and essentially rural level of municipal services throughout Multnomah County.

ADOPTED March 15, 1983.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON
By Gordon Shadburne, Presiding Officer

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

By John B. Leahy, County Counsel