GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On May 20th, Josephine County voters defeated a levy funding the jail and youth services with 53% of voters voting against the measure. Monday, city of Grants Pass officials met to take a closer look at the newly certified results and to see how county voters in the city voted.
The certified results show county precincts with in the city of Grants Pass voted in favor of the jail levy with 59%. County voters outside of Grants Pass, on the other hand, voted almost the exact opposite, with only 42% in favor of the measure which would have added a tax of $1.19 per thousand dollars of assessed value.
With a one year contract of up to 30 jail beds for offenders arrested in city limits set to expire at the end of the month, city officials are using the data to look into what’s best for their residents.
“It just shows that there’s a different values set from the county resident who lives in the city from the county resident who lives outside of the city and we need to start addressing them separately so that we can keep the city as safe as possible, preserve our tourism and make it a great place to live,” said Grants Pass Mayor Darin Fowler.
A leading option to continue funding the 30 jail beds is a fee of about two dollars added to city residents’ monthly utility bill.