Josephine County to vote on jail funding

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Josephine County will be voting on another measure to raise taxes to keep the jail open.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier ( reports the Josephine County Clerk’s Office verified Tuesday that backers gathered enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the May ballot.

It would raise about $8 million a year for the next five years to pay for jail operations and the juvenile justice system. None of the money would go to increase road patrols.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has struggled to keep the jail open and patrols on the road since voters last May turned down a tax increase to fill the gap from dwindling federal subsidies for timber counties.

The measure would mean an extra $238 a year in taxes for owners of a $200,000 house.

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