Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont announced this week that after studying the situation closely for a while, there seems to be an agreement among elected officials at the county and in the city of Siletz, that Siletz needs more police protection. And that a stretched-thin county sheriff’s office just can’t guarantee frequent enough patrols through the community due to other calls in other parts of the region. They just don’t have the manpower.
So to get that manpower, the voters of Siletz may be asked to approve a property tax override on the May ballot to raise the funds to add some deputies to the sheriff’s deputy roster. No word yet on what the property tax override rate might be. There was some talk of consolidating a law enforcement special district with the Siletz Valley Fire District but it doesn’t seem to be something that can be set up between now and May’s election. So technically, things are still a little bit up in the air. Further discussions are likely at the next few county commission meetings.
Siletz is a small town about nine miles north of Highway 20 with some notable law enforcement issues. Drugs are a big problem along with domestic violence.
So we’ll see if anything on the subject gets organized enough to make it on the May ballot in Siletz.