Curry County votes on raising taxes
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A new Oregon law that gives state and local officials an emergency pathway to raising taxes if voters won't pay for a minimum level of public safety faces its first test in Curry County, where declining federal timber revenues and a struggling local economy have left law enforcement on the brink of going broke.
Both the governor and Curry County Commission Chairman David Brock Smith hope voters will approve more than doubling their county property taxes, currently the lowest rate in the state, on Tuesday.
Curry County is not the only rural timber county facing a funding crisis. Josephine, Jackson, Douglas, Coos, Klamath and Lane counties have all struggled to keep jails open and law enforcement functioning.
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