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Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
It’s nearly impossible to talk about public safety in Josephine County without mentioning timber. For decades, our public safety services were funded largely by timber receipts from the sale of timber on federally owned land. Now that those federal dollars have mostly dried up, Josephine County has scraped by on federal Secure Rural Schools payments meant to temporarily replace those lost revenues until our county can stand on its own.
Each year, our public safety officials spend a nail-biting few months waiting to hear whether the county will receive another federal payment through the Secure Rural Schools Act. The most recent SRS payment to Josephine County was for nearly $4.9 million. No SRS funding has been authorized for the coming fiscal year.
On Thursday, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged the Senate to pass legislation reauthorizing SRS. But the senators said Congressional leaders blocked their efforts, arguing that more effective timber management could replace the lost revenue. According to Wyden and Merkley, logging on public lands would have to increase by 400 percent to match what counties have been receiving in SRS payments.
Unless there is a last-minute shift by the Senate, the SRS payments that Josephine County received last spring will be our last.
With the failure of the public safety levy on Nov. 8, this leaves us with few options for funding law enforcement in our county.
Securing Our Safety (SOS) is working to get the community more involved in conversations about our county’s future. Please join SOS for our next meeting this Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Newman United Methodist Church at Sixth and B streets in Grants Pass.
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Autumn explosion of color in Riverside Park.
By posting a Photo of the Day, we’re looking to capture “the good, the bad, the ugly and the unique” of Josephine County.
Do you have a photo you think we should feature? Email it to email@example.com
We’re looking for shots that illustrate:
• The beauty of Josephine County
• The crime-related challenges we’re facing
• The essence of what we love about living here
• Aspects of our county we’d like to see improved
• The quirky: Unique stuff you’d only find here
Check out our past photos of the day below:
All parts of the Josephine County criminal justice system took a big hit with the 2012 loss of federal timber (SRS) funds that used to provide revenue to these programs. The County’s adult jail was no exception, and cutting back on the ability to take alleged criminals to jail due to budget cuts has had a massive effect on all law enforcement agencies that operate in Josephine County.
For the full report on this topic, CLICK HERE.
Take a look at the following stats from the Grants Pass Police, keeping in mind they only have 28 total jail beds to use under a special contract with the jail: