Commissioners Reject Jail Surcharge


MEDFORD, Ore. — A proposed jail surcharge that could have freed up funding for libraries has been rejected by Jackson County Commissioners.

Commissioners John Rachor and Doug Breidenthal voted against putting the surcharge on the November ballot, while Don Skundrick voted in favor. Rachor says his decision was based on a recent survey in which a majority of those polled were against the surcharge.

“I still feel that the people should decide,” Rachor said. “Whether it’s public input that they give us when we represent them, or whether it goes to a vote on how we fund the county.

Commissioners are now looking into other options to fund the library system. Some ideas include a money measure on next May’s ballot, or having individual cities help fund their local libraries.