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Corbett has to perform budgetary magic trick

Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett

PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett is already thinking about the budget for the coming year, which begins July 1. At the top of his list is a request from the Pendleton City Council that he find a way to fund street repair without raising fees.

“That’s going to be a tremendous challenge,” Corbett said. “You’re going to be taking money away from something to put it into roads without new money.”

It’s estimated that to bring all of its roads up to par and then maintain them at that level would require $2 million a year which is almost $1 million more than is currently budgeted.

“The challenge is where are we going to reduce our services,” he said. “They’ve asked me for that recommendation. It’s a difficult one for me to accomplish.”

The newest funding comes from the tax on local marijuana businesses, and a portion of that money is dedicated to streets. Last year the city received about $250,000 in marijuana taxes.

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