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Grants Pass Discuss Safety Concerns

By Yessenia Anderson

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In response to recent county cuts to law enforcement, city officials are now taking a look on how they can help keep their residents safe. Josephine County Sheriffs is now operating with only six deputies on patrol only five days a week.

The Grants Pass City Council met with police staff to discuss how they can assist in light of this decrease. Some of the options discussed in the meeting include an alternative property levy that includes a different rate for county residents and another for city residents.

The idea of a sales tax was also put on the table, but Police Chief Henner says a solution will need to incorporate more than just law enforcement. Grants Pass Public Safety officials are scheduled to put together a report for the council to review specific budget plans like jail bed costs.