Much of Wednesday’s Wasco County Commissioners meeting was taken up with a work session dealing with the Building Codes Department. Wasco County took over the administration of the agency, which issues building permits and does inspection for electrical, plumbing, mechanical and other aspects of new construction. The county followed the state of Oregon, which administered the program for a number of months following the dissolution of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, which had operated the program for a five-county area for a number of years. Now that the county has been running the program for a while, it’s become obvious that it’s losing money. Wasco County Finance Manager Mike Middleton shared his findings with the commissioners:
To that end, Middleton and Building Codes Officer John Rodriguez are proposing rate increases, including different rates for different parts of the county.
No decision was made yesterday, but some sort of adjustment will be needed before the new fiscal year starts in July.