KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Southern Oregon and Northern California veterans are a step closer to getting a veterans home built in Klamath Falls.
On Wednesday, by a consensus vote, county commissioners agreed to ask Klamath County voters to modify their approval last May for a vets home with a new ballot measure next May.
The new measure would be for the same $15.5 million, but instead of matching state money for a hundred bed facility, the county would build a 42 to 54 bed facility on city-donated land.
“The way it works is that once the facility is built, and the state inspects it, and I passes state inspection, ODVA is required to take it over. And so it would be 100& run by the state,” said Klamath County Commissioner Cheryl Hukill.
If voters agree, it would a first in the nation, where a local county builds a state facility to ensure services locally. No new money needs to be improved. It would just be a change in the project from what was proposed last May.