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Curry County Hosts Public Safety Summit

Curry County Courthouse

Curry County Courthouse

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State officials and representatives from Oregon’s economically struggling timber counties are gathering in Curry County to discuss public safety funding. Voters in Curry County, as well as those in Polk and Columbia counties, rejected public safety levies last fall that would have helped fund county sheriffs’ departments and jails. A bill passed the state legislature last year that allows the state to work with local county commissioners to impose higher local taxes to pay for services, but so far no counties have resorted to that measure.

We’ll hear from OPB’s Amanda Peacher who is in Gold Beach reporting on the summit.

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