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Locals Push for History Tax Levy

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A group of locals is trying to secure county dollars to protect Jackson County’s historic artifacts.

Our Heritage Matters started a signature drive in Eagle Point today to get a tax levy on the ballot. That tax levy would amount to five cents per thousand dollars of property value.

The money would go toward the area’s 15 museums and what the group says is over three million local artifacts.

The Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce says they support the levy for the tourism dollars that Jackson County’s history brings.

“We love the history of Eagle Point and anything that has to do with its history belongs to us, and we’re proud of it,” said Chamber representative Janet Siedlecki.

The group says it needs over 18,000 signatures to bring the issue to a vote. They say the money would be a bare minimum to maintain local museums and historical societies.