County takes steps to upgrade law enforcement in Siletz/Logsden Road area – But voters have to agree to it
It appears that voters in the city of Siletz and surrounding areas will be deciding whether to raise their property taxes to pay for an enhanced law enforcement district. The map above shows the proposed boundaries.
The tax increase could be as low as $1.00 per thousand of assessed value or as much as $1.35 per thousand of assessed value according the County Counsel Wayne Belmont. A firm figure is expected after a public hearing is conducted on the proposal on February 24th, 9:30am, at the County Commissioners chambers at the courthouse in Newport.
As you can see by the map (above) the enhanced law enforcement district would cover all of Siletz, including tribal government and housing areas within and outside the Siletz city limits, then south to Hudson Loop, but only the east side of Highway 229. Then, north of town to NE Old River Road – from there all the way east to the Polk County line, but also taking in everything from Moonshine Road north to Moonshine Park. A pretty big chunk of land.
Law enforcement in the Siletz area has been a major challenge for the Sheriff’s Office because the area is too low in population and too far up Highway 229 to warrant 24/7 patrols. In the past the city of Siletz and the Siletz Tribe have contracted with the Toledo Police Department for limited patrol coverage, but that contract was not renewed partially due to the tribe’s contention that the city of Siletz was not adequately participating in helping to cover the costs.
After the public hearing on February 24th, county commissioners would then decide whether to place the tax increase on the May 17th ballot.