Douglas County Commissioners decide what do to with our property tax dollars. Other than administration, the largest parts of the budget include: Douglas County Hospital, Douglas County Jail and Douglas County Youth Center.
It’s time for a reset of the juvenile detention center project. While a trauma-informed facility is important, the current plan lacks vision for prevention, mental health and systemic change. The project is in dire need of leadership to bridge county and community views and deliver a better option for youth.
Mental health is a critical issue – due to a lack of access. Without any long-term mental health treatment beds at the county hospital, many individuals end up in the Douglas County jail, which can lead to overcrowding. We need to address mental health care and services countywide.
An increase in property valuations leads to an increase in property taxes. However, current commissioners decided to increase YOUR taxes to pay for a new $120+ million youth justice center – without a vote of the people. If elected, I plan to ensure we can vote on significant county projects.
While commissioners are elected to make these important decisions, community members often have little input. For example, meetings are held Tuesday mornings during traditional work hours. If elected, I would advocate for a monthly evening meeting to give the public a voice in policymaking.
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