Notes from June 4, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

Here is a summary of the 6-4-13 meeting:

1.     Knitting the Community Together We talked about how important for SOS as a group to continue to involve everyone who is willing to help us achieve our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”; We spoke about how involvement and ownership of/by our Community presents itself in many forms. Continue reading Notes from June 4, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

SOS Public Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The SOS Meeting this week is today: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, is at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM. We will cover all items as best we can.

Agenda:
1.   Knitting the Community Together
2.   SOS Letter to Salem (Jay Meredith)

3.   Testimony in Salem Monday, June 3, 2013 (Pat Fahey/Cherryl Walker)

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SOS Comments on HB 3453, Public Safety Fiscal Emergency in Josephine County

May 31, 2013

Oregon State Representatives and Senators

CC:  Governor John Kitzhaber

Re:  HB 3453, Public Safety Fiscal Emergency in Josephine County

Dear State Representatives and State Senators,

By now, you are all aware of the fiscal crisis that exists in Josephine County, Curry County, and to a lesser extent other counties in Oregon. In short, this crisis has been brought about by the gradual dissolution of the O&C agreement and its successor, the Secure Rural Schools Act, followed by the repeated failure of local attempts to increase property taxes to compensate. We need not review the history here. It’s the results that are important: the drastic reduction in funding for vital public services, particularly public safety and criminal justice, in these O&C counties. The impact has been a dramatic increase in crime, along with an equally dramatic reduction in the ability of the County public safety services to respond in a timely or effective way. Even in cities like Grants Pass, which have continued to fund their separate public safety services through city-level property tax levies, the results have been felt, since jail capacity and district attorney staffing have been cut significantly, leaving offenders back on the streets within days or hours. Continue reading SOS Comments on HB 3453, Public Safety Fiscal Emergency in Josephine County