GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Several months have passed since the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department reduced its staff due to county budget constraints. Home insurance companies in Josephine County say there has been no impact on rates so far from reduction of presence of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
Insurance agent Deanie Manning with Hart Insurance in Grants Pass thinks it is simply to soon to tell if any impact will be felt. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says crime has increased since the decrease in staff earlier this year. One of the most notable areas of impact, he says, are property crimes which could as a result lead to more claims filed with insurance companies leading to higher rates.
Insurance agents think it will be some time before an impact is felt. Curry County residents will soon have to decide on a similar measure that would either significantly raise rates on property taxes or a chunk of funding for the sheriff’s department will disappear.
Several home insurance companies said that there are a variety of factors that go into determining rates and that it is still too soon to tell the impacts of the increase in property crimes because of the sheriff’s department cutbacks.