With the failure of a tax levy option this week in Josephine County, taxpayers in the southwest Oregon county are going to be largely without adequate law enforcement, see a mass release of jail inmates and a slashed district attorney budget meaning far fewer prosecutions for crimes committed in the county.
Some voters said they don’t believe the county is as broke as it says it is, but county officials (those who will still have a job) contend the voters are going to have to find out the hard way that a 58-cents per thousand base property tax is not enough to even have a county since timber receipts are no longer flowing to the county. Other Oregon counties reliant on such revenues that aren’t coming in anymore are expected to teeter toward bankruptcy as well.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.