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Tenth Try For Lane County Jail Levy

AP | Feb. 13, 2013 8:09 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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For a tenth time, Lane County Commissioners are asking voters for a property tax increase for law enforcement. They say it’s needed to stop the so-called revolving door on the jail.

Voters have rejected nine consecutive law-enforcement-related ballot measures dating to 1998. On Tuesday, commissioners voted to try again with a property tax levy on the May 21 ballot.

The Register-Guard reports the new tax revenue would allow the county to hire staff and reopen 120 beds in the jail, bringing the total space for county inmates to 255. The levy also would double the number of beds in the Juvenile Justice Center from 16 to 32.

The levy would cost the owner of a typical $155,000 home in Lane County about $85 a year.

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

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