- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - For the third time in two years, Josephine County voters are deciding whether to raise property taxes to pay for public safety.

And it seems they are again opting to save their money.

With two-thirds of the ballots counted, voters were defeating a jail levy 52 percent to 48 percent.

The levy would raise about $8 million a year for the next five years to pay for jail operations and the juvenile justice system.

The county once received enough money from federal logging revenues that it did not have to charge property taxes. That ended when the government cut logging on federal timberlands.

Congress provides subsidies to help make up the difference, but the amount has fallen in recent years. That has caused budget problems and cuts to law enforcement.

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