FARM II, jail are in the governor’s budget

PENDLETON – Gov. Kate Brown released her proposed budget for the next biennium earlier this week, and it includes funding for two local projects that lost state funding when lottery sales went in the tank during the pandemic. Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett was happy to see the budget recommendations.

“It’s important to our future that we continue to get support from Salem for our projects that are a priority in our community,” he said. “FARM II is one that has been discussed for over a decade.”

The Facility for Agricultural Resource Management (aka FARM II) isn’t the only item seeing its funding restored. The Umatilla County Jail’s planned renovation to help it deal better with taking in people who are suffering mental or addiction issues is also back on the list.

“I’m pleased to see we were able to get this included in her budget, which, I am told, is a very important first step in getting it funded,” Corbett said.

The Oregon legislature has the power to make changes to the governor’s budget. It is scheduled to convene on Feb. 1.