Come July 1st, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and others will see budget cuts so severe that the Sheriff and DA both contend that public safety will be substantially compromised. The sheriff’s office will chop 75% of its patrol deputies, leaving the unincorporated areas of the county, including those just outside the cities of Eugene and Springfield, largely devoid of law enforcement except under the most dire circumstances. And although both cities would expect to fill in some of the gaps right outside their own borders via “mutual aid,” it would not even constitute a band-aid approach to law enforcement, according to the Sheriff and District Attorney.
Lane County is among many Oregon counties that have seen federal timber receipts plunge due to the recession with little prospect anytime soon that those revenues would return. Historically due to those timber receipts, Lane County property owners have paid substantially lower property taxes than those living in neighboring counties to the north, east and west.
A tale of budgetary woe is outlined in this article in the Eugene Register Guard. Click here.