Colleges Rally Against Budget Cuts

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s 17 community colleges and seven public universities will stand together today at the state capital to rally for more funding. Students, faculty, and legislative leaders from Oregon’s university systems will gather in Salem. They are hoping to restore higher education funding. Students and other leaders will speak about the impacts of … Continue reading »

Sheriff Dave Daniel Ready for Duty

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Newly elected Sheriff, Dave Daniel won the November elections with 56 percent of all votes in his favor. On Monday, he was sworn into office and is officially taking over. “Well it’s exciting, it’s time for change, something a little bit different, maybe a different vision in the Sheriff’s office,” said … Continue reading »

RVTD Facing Budget Cuts, Layoffs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Failure of a tax levy to help fund the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) is forcing the agency to make some serious budget and service cuts. According to RVTD, an effort is underway to slash its current annual budget by 10 percent or close to $700,000. That includes laying off six drivers, and shifting … Continue reading »

RVTD To Make Cuts After Failed Levy

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Transportation District is preparing to cut services and layoff employees after voters turned down a transportation levy. 61% of voters said “no” to a levy that would have supported the department for the next five years. Meanwhile a $700,000 per year grant just dried up. Representatives with the department … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Battles Budget Cuts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff, Gil Gilbertson, met with county commissioners to discuss the public safety budget moving forward and how much money could be left over at the end of the fiscal year. Back in June, county commissioners and the sheriff decided to take out $655,000, primarily from a contingency … Continue reading »

Klamath Sheriff’s Office Faces Cuts

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A packed house filled the room for the budget hearing for the sheriff’s office Thursday afternoon.  Many of the public commenters thought cuts to the sheriff’s department would lead to bigger problems. Sheriff Frank Skrah and his team met before Thursday’s budget hearing crunching numbers and seeing exactly what they need … Continue reading »

Budget Cuts Begin With New Fiscal Year

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Another year, another round of budget cuts for Josephine County. “Today is the day that everyone has been trying to ignore for a while,” County Commissioner Keith Hick says. The county approved a budget of a little more than $68 million but with revenues continuing to decline, some departments are having … Continue reading »

Long-Term Funding Cuts for Ashland Parks

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Parks Department could face major budget changes over the next two years. The Parks Commission is reviewing a proposal that would cut the amount of funding parks receive from property taxes. It would also require the department to give half of their leftover capital at year end to the city’s … Continue reading »