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Timber Payments Draining County Accounts

OREGON — Sheriff’s from Southern Oregon told lawmakers something needs to be done about timber payments. Josephine, Curry, Douglas, and Polk County sheriff’s testified that their patrol forces are basically non-existent.

Inmates are being routinely released and prosecutors are stretched too thin. They told a Salem panel that the lives of the officers they do have are in danger because there is no back up.

State lawmakers say they are looking for a way to help the counties which have lost so much money from federal timber payments.