Lane County Commissioners voted 4-1 last week to place a five-year local option levy on the May 21 ballot.
This is the 10th time in about 15 years that the county has attempted to pass a public safety budget increase.
Over the past year, the sheriff, the district attorney and the commissioners have held several public meetings testing the voting waters, asking residents for input and trying to illustrate how the county and state’s financial picture has changed in recent years. Solutions have been few as residents realize more and more cuts in services.
The current levy aims to almost exclusively benefit the jail system, where the inmate capacity has been cut to 135.
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