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Josephine County Holds Budget Town Hall

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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – As Josephine County turns down another public safety levy, two lawmakers are meeting with voters to discuss other options.

Representative Wally Hicks and Senator Herman Baertschiger held a town hall meeting in Cave Junction Saturday morning.

The two discussed a House Bill that would allow the Governor to declare a public safety fiscal emergency in counties like Josephine.

That bill would also allow local governments to merge to provide services, and impose income tax assessments if needed.

The two lawmakers also put forward their views on the area’s failing timber industry.

“There are ways now that we know of for having sustainable timber harvest in ways that we can have all industries and especially environmental concerns addressed and benefitted,” said Hicks.

The two argue that Congressional inaction in updating the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act are holding back timber harvests.

Lawmakers will discuss the bill on Monday.