Retain Karen Skoog Pend Oreille County Commissioner

Roads, Roofs and Radios

skoognewslettermailer_2016-1_cropped-2Sometimes you need to spend in order to save – or at least avoid the complete loss of something. That is often the case when it comes to infrastructure and equipment.

The Road Department receives taxes and other revenues for a road fund dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of county roads. In the past, a shift of funds was made to support the regular operations of the county. This board, with the support of county leaders and support staff, was able to stop the shifting of funds to general expenses. We provided for $100,000 to go from the road fund to specifically support traffic enforcement in the sheriff’s department without impacting road preservation and construction.

We looked at various plans for the re-roofing of the empty building that now houses the WSU Cooperative Extension, 4-H, Weed Board, and Drug Prevention. We were not happy until we got a reasonable cost projection and were able to get funding reserved for economic development. This building has become a wonderful asset to our community and supports volunteerism, youth, agriculture, and much more.

Adequately funding our hard-working deputies with updated radios and safety equipment, and preserving our roads and infrastructure is a priority of our board.