Curry County voters again thumb their noses at taxes – State to move in quickly to turn that around.
Governor Kitzhaber and the Curry County Commission figured this might happen. A second bite of the tax apple proved no more productive than the last one. Curry County voters, who enjoy the second lowest property tax rate in Oregon Tuesday night again said NO to any new taxes except for a local hospital. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is down to six deputies, nowhere near enough for 24/7 coverage in a county that is so remote and mountainous that it takes a long time to get from any point A to any point B, no matter how deadly the emergency.
Although pending legislation appears ready to funnel federal money to Curry County for the long gradual decline in federal timber sales, it won’t be enough to really do much because it’s less than a third of what’s necessary to get the county operating at levels even close to state standards.
So, Governor Kitzhaber and the Curry County Commission will be meeting very soon to take the next series of steps to force Curry County residents out of their stubborn reluctance to pay taxes even at a rate that is still a quarter of what most other Oregon taxpayers pay in order to have law enforcement and other critical services.
The story unfolds further in the Oregonian. Click here.