County elected leaders balk at support for new economic recovery position

Dan Joyce, Malheur County judge, said funding for a temporary economic recovery position will remain uncertain until financial cuts at the state level can be evaulated. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – The Malheur County Court declined to make a final decision on a new position to help the local economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During its meeting May 20, the court left the issue in limbo, but affirmed it might be willing to provide money for the position in the future.

An informal group called the Malheur Recovery Team wants the county commissioners to allocate $40,000 to support a temporary job that would help area businesses get back up and running.

In April, the Ontario City Council allocated $30,000 to the coordinator position and the local Poverty to Prosperity program promised to provide $15,000.

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