"State of the County" highlights the good & the challenging

AndyDuyck SOC 17   WEA members and guests filled every seat available as Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck gave his annual "State of the County" address at Intel's Ronler Acres campus.  
   Duyck highlighted the accomplishments of 2016. 
   These included the passage of a bond measure to update the county's 911 emergency communications and the AAA bond rating from Moody's Investors Services, which helps lower the tax rate on these bonds.  
   Duyck thanked voters in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, Sherwood School District, and the city of Beaverton for supporting bond measures in those jurisdictions.
   The Chairman also recognized the Sheriff's Office for all of its work and accomplishments, including its fifth award from the the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  
   Duyck also touched on the opening of the new Hawthorn Walk-In Center, which is a new mental health urgent care facility opening in May.  
   When it comes to housing, Duyck said, "In my view, the most effective way to provide affordable housing is to increase the supply of housing in all types and price points.  There is simply not enough housing to go around.  Until we have an adequate supply of housing to match our population growth, and keep pace with new jobs and rising incomes, we have little hope of reducing the housing crisis."  
   Duyck did say one of the county's top priorities is to expand and protect the area's primary water source at Scoggins Dam and Hagg Lake.  
   When it comes to transportation, Duyck said, "I remain hopeful, and call on our State Legislature to finally pass a transportation package this session that will be historic in size and generational in its benefits." 
   "We are reminded that 'Rome wasn't built in a day,' and neither was Washington County, but the communities where we live, the places where we work, and the amenities we enjoy are all rewards from the blood, sweat, and tears of those who came before us." said Duyck, "We will continue to build on the dreams and ambitions of those who came before us, and we will commit the time, talent, and resources to serve those who will follow."
   Thank you to our presenting forum sponsor Kaiser Permanente, host Intel, Flowers By Burkhardt sponsored by PGE, and our Breakfast Forum series sponsor Legacy Health.
   To see photos of the event, please visit the WEA Facebook page.
   Duyck's videos and slide presentations are available on the County's website.