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Lane County Levy To Increase Jail Capacity

AP | Feb. 6, 2013 7:18 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners indicated they will be ready next Tuesday to send a property tax levy to voters that would slow down the so-called revolving door at the county jail.

The revenue would allow the jail to hold 120 more inmates. The jail has a capacity of more than 500 inmates but because of staffing cuts it holds only 135 county offenders. Many are released early because of lack of space.

The Register-Guard reports the board heard from people at Tuesday night’s meeting who said early release contributed to burglaries. The board takes up the issue again Tuesday.

If approved at the May 21 election, the levy would cost the owner of a typical home in the county about $85 a year.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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