Check out Channel 10’s coverage of SOS here:
“The goal of this group is to look for answers, whether that be finding new sources of funding, looking for new options, talking to people in the community, trying to rebuild trust in our leadership,” member David Smith said. “That has already generated some great ideas, some of which are being put into place now.”
“If we all join together, we can all make a difference together,” member Christine Schmidt said.
While the average County property tax rate across Oregon is significantly higher than $2 per $1000 of a property’s assessed value, Josephine County’s permanent rate to support operations is a mere 58 cents. The Federal funding that will be provided to the County in the current year is so small (compared to the total needs to maintain previous levels of Criminal Justice services) that it won’t drastically affect the current year budget. Much of the federal funding will have to be carried over to next fiscal year to avoid even further cuts next year. Going forward after this year there is still nearly a $12 million per year deficit to get back to providing Criminal Justice services at a level where programs operated in past years.
Now that the County’s budget is adopted for the new fiscal year that began July 1st, below is the breakdown of how the 58 cents is spent. Many folks have been concerned that Public Safety departments were the departments that were most affected after the recent failure of the property tax levy vote. As you can see, after funding required services almost all tax dollars go to Public Safety so there is little else to cut when the tax dollars are not available.
A picture, or map, speaks a thousand words. Check out the crime mapping for Grants Pass, adjust the dates to show the period you are interested in, and decide for yourself whether our community needs a properly funded criminal justice system with adequate jail and DA services:
Click Here for the GP Crime Mapping Report for 6/11/12 to 7/11/12
Trends in GP stats will tell a major story in coming months. Due to new lack of Josephine County funding we have officers to respond in the City of GP, but practically no jail to house offenders and limited DA services.
We’re looking for your HELP and INPUT on solutions!
[note the only local agency reporting to this system is the Grants Pass Police. A lack of symbols out in the County does not mean a lack of crime in the County]
Securing Our Safety members are leaving no stone unturned and are working in the following areas:
- Natural Resources: Timber & Other
- Sales Taxes and Other New Tax/Fee Revenues
- Property Tax Adjustments
- Trust, Transparency, and Education
- Public/Private Partnerships
- Public Ownership and Involvement
- Improve System Efficiency
- Use of State Lottery Funds
- Justice of the Peace Court
Team captains for each of these areas are providing preliminary reports this week about solutions in each area. See this page for future updates to our progress:
If you would like to help in any of these areas, please leave us a message on the SUGGESTION BOX
page of our site.