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Common "Cents" for East County

 

Be Penny and pound wise 

 
In the current economy, many small businesses and local families are always on tight budgets, making tough choices month in and month out, just to stay afloat. Lori Stegmann knows this personally. She and her family struggled to keep their business afloat and make ends meet during the recession, as did so many. They made it through by not taking any expense for granted, and working to make their dollars go as far as they possibly could. Lori takes that approach as a Gresham City Councilor and will do the same as your Multnomah County Commissioner.

As a County Commissioner Lori will apply her 22 years of experience as a small business owner, her 16 years as a Mom, and her 6 years as a Gresham City Councilor to get the most out of every dollar in the county budget. She will evaluate and improve new and existing county programs by first asking the following questions:

 

THE "WHY"

Where is the money going and why? What is the goal?

MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Is this a program/expense that really changes the trajectory of lives?

MEASURABLE OUTCOME

What is the expected, measurable outcome, and was it achieved or is it on track?

TIMING & EVALUATION

How long will we fund a program? What are the progress measures so far? If benchmarks are not met, can we make corrections or do we pull the plug and try a different approach?

BEST OPTION

Is it the right solution? Have we weighed all of the outcomes and all of the possible solutions?

REWARDING RESULTS

Are we rewarding the right outcomes for the right reasons?

BEST USE OF FUNDS

In local government we’re often in a zero sum situation. So, is starting a new program more valuable than the loss of funding in another area?
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