Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lane County income tax: 71% of the voters say NO (commissioners -- that is the opposite of yes)


Voters in five counties rejected plans to make up for the loss of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which Congress failed to renew that helps fund cutbacks in federal timber payments.

In Lane County, voters rejected a 1.1% income tax to raise $32.5 million annually.
60% of the funding would have been dedicated for public safety, 2.2% for extension services and .7% for veteran services.
Services were tagged to be funded by the "public safety" tax include
" violent crimes detectives • 160 jail beds • juvenile
intake and supervision • at-risk youth services • Pathways residential drug and alcohol treatment program for boys • drug detox and treatment • adult sex offender treatment • search & rescue • offender labor program • forest work crews • emergency and police services on public lands • veterans services • extension services • prosecution of felony drug possession crimes •Service reductions are also proposed in the budget for children with developmental
disabilities and adults with severe mental illness; women, infants and children program; elderly and disabled services; and animal regulation services.{ballot measure 20-129}-- "

(interesting that only 60% of the "public safety" tax would actually go to public safety)

Josephine County public safety levy lost by a wide margin. The levy would have funded the sheriff's office, the District Attorney's Office and the juvenile Justice Center. {Levy about more than public safety}--

Coos County rejected the tax by 68%

Curry County in Southwest Oregon, rejected a tax by 67%
" Curry County Commissioner Lucie LaBonte said if the federal safety net isn't approved, there will be no more patrol officers beginning July 1. "

while doing research this morning, I've read articles that are asking the question, "why don't citizens care about public safety?"
It's not that citizens don't care about public safety, in my opinion, it is that we are get tired of being blackmailed by the local government, and by the mishandling of the budget.

The comments by Curry County Commissioner Lucie LaBonte are an excellent example of this.

If anybody does not care about public safety, perhaps it is Lucie LaBonte.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not enough law enforcement yet this weekend you can bet there will be 20 or more in Florenece for the festival, earning overtime and collecting tax payers dollars through citations. There's a revenue source for you - ticket the bikers. (how rude)

5:24 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Good post, Robin!

What nobody's pointing out is that the Rural Schools payments never left the county in the first place! -Thanks to W's tax cuts.

8:26 AM  
Blogger : JustaDog said...

This was the 13th time Lane Country tried to get more taxes for "public safety" - and failed.

Now to recall the idiots!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still can't believe that commishes are offering quotes like -"Our only option now is..." The more they open their mouths, the more feet they put in.

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Who has the recall petition? You can get lots of signatures at the U of O.

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