Commissioners move forward with public safety tax proposal

Commissioners move forward with public safety tax proposal

EUGENE, Ore. - After two rounds of public hearings, the Lane County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with a plan to ask voters to support a property tax levy to help fund the Lane County Jail.

The board agreed to draft the language for the tax levy. Commissioners voted 5-0 to move forward with the framework of a 5-year levy of 50 cents per $1,000 taxable property valuation.

Next, commissioners will have to approve the language drafted by county staff.

If they do, the measure would appear on the May ballot.

Recent polls found public support for a measure limited to funding jail beds. Lane County has had to release inmates prior to trail or posting bail because of a lack of jail beds.

Tom Adams from KVAL News was at the Courthouse on Wednesday and will have more live on KVAL News at noon.

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