GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Dozens of people dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County are meeting again.
Every Tuesday, Securing Our Safety group members meet at Wild River Brew Pub. While discussing ideas to restore public safety in Josephine County, holding their meetings at the pub also boosts business.
A manager said she sees more people coming to the SOS meetings every week; the SOS members end up ordering food and drinks, which helps her business.
So far, the group has more than 400 people signed up on its e-mail list, but about 40 people show up to the weekly meeting. SOS said the group is split up into several groups working on different projects. The assigned leader of each team comes to the Tuesday meeting.
“That leader will come to the meeting and discuss where they’ve gotten, have they been able to educate certain groups more, because that’s one of the things we’re trying to do is to create more trust and transparency in local politics,” explained SOS Organizer Elizabeth Hirni.
SOS will be discussing the property tax idea pitched to county commissioners on Friday. The tax would add a district property tax to residents in Josephine County except those in the city limits of Cave Junction. Group members are also discussing ways to attract businesses from Portland, re-work lottery funding and to best utilize timber harvests in the county.