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Letters to the Editor: Vote “Yes” for Lincoln County Public Safety

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Vote “Yes” For Lincoln County Public Safety

I urge you to support measure 21-186 and vote “Yes” for Public Safety. This comprehensive smart on crime approach will address a number of priorities for Lincoln County the general fund is unable to provide:

* Restore 24/7 patrol coverage for all of Lincoln County and enhance patrols during peak hours with 6 additional patrol deputies. Currently, deputies are not on duty between 3:00 and 7:00 am. It’s time to be proactive!

* Restore a dedicated drug detective to address the increasing drug epidemic. It will provide programming and treatment services in our jail to assist inmates with their addictions. Drug addiction is an illness and it can be treated.

* It will add an additional school resource deputy to help accommodate the Waldport, Toledo, Eddyville and Siletz schools.

* Prevent the current revolving door at the jail where over 700 people were forced release from custody last year by providing a pretrial release program. This will assess inmates to determine who should be in jail. The released inmates are then monitored to ensure they do not reoffend and show up for their court dates.

* 21-186 will restore 5 corrections deputies lost in 2009 due to reduced budgets. These deputies will provide additional safety and provide a dedicated work crew program for inmates to give back to their communities while incarcerated.

* It will treat inmates with mental illness by adding an inmate counselor to address their needs and safely release them from jail sooner. We should not use expensive jail beds to hold individuals with mental illness.

* All of this for a cost of only $0.46 per thousand assessed property value which would provide about $3.5 million to address these priorities for Lincoln County. An average home valued at $200,000 will pay about $7.60 per month. This is an excellent value for your tax dollar to reduce crime and improve lives in our communities.

Sheriff Curtis Landers

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Vote “YES” for Public Safety measure 21-186

I’ve heard a consistent message from the public in the fourteen years I’ve served as a county commissioner: Public safety should be our highest priority. My colleagues and I have done our best to honor that message.
 Why, you might ask then, have we put a five-year levy on the May ballot to provide additional dollars for public safety?
 The simple answer: there are not enough resources to meet our demands, despite the fact that roughly half of our general fund budget each year is spent on public safety functions. But this hasn’t allowed us to keep pace with the growth in population, the increase in mental illness and addictions, and growing expenses. This is why I voted with my colleagues to submit Measure 21-186 to you.

Our county took a hard hit in the recession, and while we’ve seen good recovery, our revenues have not kept pace with the growth in crime, much of it driven by mental illness and addictions. We need the tools to take a new approach that will help slow down the revolving door of our system, save us money and make our communities safer in the long run.

Please join me in voting YES on 21-186.

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall

 

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