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Drastic New Proposals For Timber Counties

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The financial distress of former logging counties is a familiar issue for many Oregonians — one which we’ve covered many times before. But with Josephine and Curry counties once more rejecting public safety levies, the conversation in Salem has taken on an even more urgent tone. Since the levies were voted down last month, Governor Kitzhaber has floated the possibility of imposing an income tax on the cash-strapped counties, and even mobilizing the National Guard as a last resort.

Legislators are talking with commissioners and sheriffs from Josephine and Curry counties and are hoping to work out a plan by the end of the legislative session.

Do you live in an ONC county? What solution do you want to see to the law enforcement funding issue?

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