The Finance Department is responsible for collection of property taxes, accounting services, treasury management and financial advice to Administration and the Board of County Commissioners.
Finance Director, Wayne Lowry, joined Deschutes County in July, 2013. He is a CPA in the state of Oregon and a past president and long time member of the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association. Wayne served on the Oregon Short Term Fund Board as the Schools representative from 2008 through 2012. He has also been involved with the PERS Employer Task Force for a number of years.
Prior to his move to Central Oregon, he served as the CFO for the Sherwood School District, the CFO for Washington County Oregon, the Finance Director for the City of Tigard and an internal auditor for Orange County California. Wayne graduated from Long Beach State University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
The Finance Director services as the County Tax Collector and supervises the property tax billing and collection function. In addition, the Finance Director serves as the Tax Administrator for the administration of the County’s Transient Room Tax Ordinance. Overnight lodging operators in the unincorporated area are required to collect an 8% room tax on all short term rentals and remit the tax to the County. More Transient Room Tax information is available by pressing the Transient Room Tax tab on the left.
Unique to Deschutes County, the elected County Treasurer is a part time position and is provided a monthly stipend to perform the Treasurer Duties. Since the late 90’s, the Treasurer duties have been filled by the election of the Finance Director to the Treasurer position. The current Finance Director, Wayne Lowry, was elected in November 2014 for a four year term that began on January 1, 2015 and runs through December 31, 2018. The various functions of the Finance Department are detailed below:
- Annual budget coordination
- Financial planning
- Internal and external financial reporting
- General accounting
- Accounts payable
- Payroll processing
- Capital asset records
- Property Tax billing and collection
- Property tax distribution to taxing districts
- Investments and banking
- Revenue management
- Dog licensing and administration
- Transient room tax collection and administration