Q&A

Securing Our Safety and its volunteer members are trying to collect answers to any questions that come our way regarding funding proposals or questions about how to make our County a secure, stable, and sustainable place to live.  The following are questions that have been answered to date along with the source for those answers.

If you have a question please send it to us by email to SecuringOurSafety@gmail.com

Note – SOS has received a number of questions about the levy up for a public vote in Josephine County.  Q&As related to the levy are in green below.

1. Is the proposed County Levy temporary or permanent?

Temporary for 5 years (Source: Chief Petitioner and Ballot Language)

2. When would the County levy go into effect? When would it end?

It would be begin with your tax bill in November 2014 and continue through November 2018 (Source: Chief Petitioner and Ballot Language)

3. If the County finds an alternative revenue source, can the levy end early?

Yes; And the rate can be adjusted DOWN if only partial funds are available (Source: Cherryl Walker Josephine County Commissioner/March 2013)

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4. How much is the proposed County Levy?

$1.19 per thousand of property Assessed Value (Not market value); This will raise an estimated $7.6 million in 2014 and will be restricted for use in the Adult Jail and the Juvenile Justice Program (Source: Chief Petitioner and Ballot Language)

5. Does all of the $1.19 of the Tax Levy go to the Criminal Justice System?

The proposed May 2014 levy funds are restricted to the fund following programs:

  • Adult jail (inmate capacity)
  • Juvenile Justice

6. What specific services would I expect to see increased as a result of my participation in the levy?

As outlined in Question #5, the levy provides for increased jail beds and to re-establish juvenile justice services; This levy will not provide full services in all departments, it is ONLY for those programs specifically listed.  However, other solutions are available to fund other County Criminal Justice services (Source: Chief Petitioner, Ballot Language, and SOS Strategic Plan).

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7. Is the levy the only option the Board of County Commissioners are working on? 

This levy is a citizen initiative but everything is ‘on the table.’ The Board is working on legislative changes with our legislative representatives, as well as options for the use, sale, or lease of county real property, and natural resources and tourism options. All suggestions and ideas are welcome! (Source: Cherryl Walker Josephine County Commissioner/March 2013)

8. Will any of the levy tax funds be used for anything but the Criminal Justice System in Josephine County?

No; See Answer for Question #5 (restricted under state law to be used only for programs described in the ballot language)

9. Multiple People stated that they fear if they pass a tax it will keep increasing every year. They fear if an increased property and/or sales tax is established, it will automatically increase yearly. Is that true? 

NO; Tax rates can ONLY be increased by a vote of the voters (Source: Cherryl Walker Josephine County Commissioner/March 2013)

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10. Has a sales tax on fast food to get more money from tourists rather than local people ever been considered? 

Sales taxes have always been voted down in Oregon. In Josephine County we have never put a local sales tax on the ballot due to the rejection by voters in past state elections and the feedback in the ‘advisory’ questions on the ballot last November (2012); At that time, Josephine County voters said they would not support a sales tax; but that question was not specific to a ‘tourism’ type of tax (Source: Cherryl Walker Josephine County Commissioner/March 2013)

11.  How much will I specifically pay if the levy is successful?
 
Go to this link on the Assessor’s page of the Josephine County website:
 
http://www.co.josephine.or.us/page.asp?navid=921 Type in your physical address and then click on the name (Note when typing in an address do not put in prefix (sw, nw, etc) or suffix (Rd, Dr, Hwy, etc) just the number and street name: example type in: 1000 Red; you will get a list of all accounts associated with 1000 redwood ave, 1000, redwood hwy etc – click  on the name you want to look at – during election cycles the Assessor’s Office website will show the the tax effect of proposed levies. The effect will show as a blue line near the top of the information.  You will see the actual cost of the levy for your individual property (Source: Josephine County Assessor Connie Roach/April 2013)
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12. Can the Sheriff deputize and utilize more volunteers such as people with concealed weapon permits?

“Not effectively.” The Sheriff’s Office cannot put volunteers, by themselves, into patrol cars, unless they have been licensed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  Without training and certification by DPSST, volunteers’ roles would be limited to their current roles. Also, the County would be at risk in violating Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Sheriff’s Union if it were to use volunteers in place of union employees.

Today, as most of you know, we live in a highly litigious society and as such are constantly under the threat of litigation. Such litigation engages the “Deep Pocket” theory; which means, include everyone you can for a larger payout. If the plaintiff is successful not only the agency (ultimately the taxpayers) but the volunteer(s) stands to lose everything they own. The cost of just one such case can devastate an individual and/or the community.

However, we are constantly looking for community help in making this a safer community. Those good-hearted individuals can reduce some of the burden so full-time employees can better perform their duties.

We currently use about 200 volunteers in areas such as; Search & Rescue, Reserve Deputies, Neighborhood Watch, Posse, staffing our sub-stations in Merlin and Cave Junction, and helping at the County Jail. Some of these functions require extensive training and a high level of commitment. (Source Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson/March 2013)

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13. Can the Sheriff run the jail with volunteers?

No. The potential of being sued is astronomical. The amount of time, training, supervision, and cost; plus, the extreme commitment of a civilian makes this a non-starter. (Source Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson/March 2013)

14. The sheriff should do like in Arizona…build jails made of tents with barbed wire and keep the inmates in pink outfits…don’t make the jail a “good” place to go.” Is the Sheriff able to do this?

Although I like the idea I have to say no. The laws in Oregon preclude this concept. Once again, it would require more staff to accommodate such an undertaking. (Source Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson/March 2013)

15. Can we privatize our Jail and/or Juvenile facilities?

Speaking for the adult jail portion of this question, I have spent a considerable amount of time researching this concept. For several sparsely populated counties this approach offers a solution. However, for more densely populated areas it has not been proven to be a cost savings. One must also remember, like any private business – they are in it for the money. (Source Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson/March 2013)

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16. Is it true that the City of Grants Pass is also going for A “Public Safety” levy in November? 

Yes; The Fire and Police levy for the City of Grants Pass expires on June 30, 2014. The decision to place a renewal levy on the ballot is left with the City Council. They held a workshop to begin those discussions on March 18, 2013. (Source GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

17. Are all 911 calls answered in Josephine County even now? If so, by whom? 

The Josephine County 911 Agency contracts with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety to answer all incoming Josephine County 911 phone calls. This is accomplished by dispatchers (employed by the City of Grants Pass) who are already staffing a consolidated dispatch center. When 911 phone calls are received, the dispatcher sends (dispatches via radio) the appropriate units (City fire, city police, rural fire districts, AMR Ambulance, etc.). One exception is that the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) operates its own stand-alone dispatch center. In the case of a 911 phone call that would be a JCSO responsibility, the call is either forwarded to their dispatch center, or to the Oregon State Police for evaluation and dispatch. (Source GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

18. Why don’t we have the Grants Pass Police extend their borders and start patrolling Merlin and other close areas? 

Grants Pass city taxpayers fund city fire and police through the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. City residents expect a level of service consistent with modern and professional policing and fire suppression. Any services provided outside the corporate boundaries would require funding consistent with the rate paid by current City of Grants Pass taxpayers and would need to occur on a geographical basis (like a special taxing district) and not property by property. (Source GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

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19. Are the Grants Pass Police any busier since the levy failed in May? If so, why?  Grants Pass City tax payers already pay 5 times more than county tax payers for their police. It doesn’t make sense…

Grants Pass police are much busier and many crime categories have seen dramatic increases. It is busier because most suspects are not jailed or prosecuted, which means there is little to no accountability for their actions. This results in people, who would normally be incarcerated, either locally or at the state level, remain with the opportunity to reoffend. It is true that city residents pay a greater amount for public safety than rural Josephine County residents, but that comparison would hold true elsewhere as well. Residents in the cities of Medford, Central Point, Ashland, Bend, Klamath Falls, Roseburg, Redmond and most other places pay far greater for police and fire protection than rural residents in Josephine County. (Source GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

20. Is there a way to keep Lottery money in the area?

An adjustment to Lottery allocations would either need to be made by State legislators or by a State constitutional change. Securing Our Safety has a team working on research and education in this area so stay tuned! (Source: Cliff Thomason SOS Committee Captain/March 2013)

21. What about a gas tax?

Generally speaking, under current law a County or City’s share of the State gas tax or DMV fees must be used for road related expenditures. (Source: Jay Meredith SOS Chairman/March 2013)

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22. My county taxes go up every year by a mandated 3% –where does that money go?

Taxes do not go up by a mandated 3% each year. However, the limit on the annual increase in assessed value is 3% unless a property’s market value has limited this increase in the past. If a property’s market value drops below the assessed value, the assessed value will decrease because the assessed value cannot be higher than the market value. Due to this State law limitation, the assessor must track the 3% increase “maximum” each year and compare that to the market value. Due to the real estate boom in the last decade before the recent market downturn, there are still many properties that have assessed values below market values and these are the properties that would still see a 3% change today (if tax rates were to stay the same). Securing Our Safety documented how taxes are used in Fiscal 2013 here: http://securingoursafety.org/question-box-faq/#faq-3 (Source: Jay Meredith SOS Chairman/March 2013)

23. Is it true that the Three Rivers School District is also going for a new levy in May?

Grants Pass School District 7 will have a levy on the ballot in May 2013 for capital upgrades to school facilities. This would replace the levy that is expiring in the current year leaving the total tax rate about the same for the school district as compared to recent years. (Source: Jay Meredith SOS Chairman/March 2013)

24. How can SOS help overcome the small government and “no tax group” of vocal voters to do what is right for the county?

Securing Our Safety and its members need to keep working hard on all solutions and keep the current multi-pronged approach. It’s clear there is no one magic solution to restoring the proper amount of public safety and criminal justice system services. Many solutions need to be implemented. Some solutions will require local contributions and some will not involve local taxes. We need to both take care of ourselves (not rely on those outside our County to “pay” for our needs) and help implement solutions such as more timber harvesting on County owned lands. The public needs to be educated as to why a multi-pronged approach is necessary. (Source: Jay Meredith SOS Chairman/March 2013)

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25. I am paying .58 cents per assessed $1,000 on my property. Isn’t that enough for the Criminal Justice System? Isn’t it too much?

Absent any federal timber payment support, in 2013 after the County paid for all State mandated services only about 32 cents of the 58 cent permanent rate was available to go to the Criminal Justice System as SOS documented here: http://securingoursafety.org/question-box-faq/#faq-3  We would not presume to judge what is too much, but the levy that voters turned down in May of 2012 would have added another $1.99 and even with that addition, Josephine County would still have had a total property tax rate less than the average of Oregon Counties. It would have restored much of the services our County had in recent years, but would not have provided enough for the level of services in Criminal Justice Programs that our County residents desire according to the many surveys Securing Our Safety has collected from County residents.  (Source: Jay Meredith SOS Chairman/March 2013)

26.  How many Josephine County residents go to the Medford Methadone Clinic?

Approximately 150 (SOURCE: Dr. Jim Shames Josephine County Medical Officer/Toni Webb SOS Opioid Committee Captain/March 2013)

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27.  I often see Rural Metro Fire and other Fire Departments respond inside the Grants Pass City limits with the GPDPS Fire Department. Do county residents, outside the Grants Pass City limits pay for that? If so, how is that fair? 

All municipal fire departments and fire districts in Josephine and Jackson County are part of a two-county Mutual Aid Agreement. That agreement has been in place since the 1970’s and mirrors the method used by fire departments across the country to more efficiently serve their communities. Mutual aid provides a depth of resources needed when unusually large events occur, or in the case of multiple events at the same time which exceed the capability of local resources. In the past 10 years, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Fire/Rescue Division has responded as far away as Ashland for major emergencies. Likewise, several times during that same period, Medford and Ashland fire trucks and firefighters responded to the City of Grants Pass for assistance. All of this occurs without any exchange of money based upon the reciprocating nature of mutual aid. Rural Metro FD is part of that two county agreement and as such, Grants Pass DPS and Rural Metro frequently respond to each other’s jurisdiction when the type of call dictates, or in the event a quicker response has the likelihood of saving lives and property. (SOURCE: GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

No county funds from any source go to any fire department or district. (SOURCE: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker/March 2013)

28.  Why do I, a property owner and Josephine County resident, always have to “foot the bill” for everyone else? 

We are all residents of Josephine County even if we live inside the city limits of Grants Pass or Cave Junction, therefore all property owners in the entire county pay 58 cents in permanent property taxes to Josephine County. County residents OUTSIDE the city limits of Grants Pass and Cave Junction do not “foot the bill” for county residents INSIDE the city limits. Even if a person is a tenant in a rented home or apartment they indirectly pay the property tax, because the monthly rent paid to the property owner includes taxes the owner must pay on the property.  (SOURCE: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker/March 2013)

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29.  Why don’t we combine the police and fire services outside of Grants Pass, in Josephine County? Wouldn’t that be more efficient?

Fire service outside of the city limits of Grants Pass is provided in some areas by a Fire District such as: Williams Fire District; Wolf Creek Fire District, Illinois Valley Fire District and Applegate Fire District. Districts are a legal entity with their own boards of directors, their own service areas and their own rate structure. Other residents not within a fire district are provided fire service by private companies. None of these entities can be compelled to join with any law enforcement entity. (SOURCE: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker/March 2013)

The largest of the fire agencies in Josephine County (Rural area outside of the city) is Rural Metro FD, a private fire department.  It would be inherently challenging to merge a county sheriff’s department with a private fire department.  The efficiencies gained by consolidating police, fire and dispatch in the city (since the early 1980’s) took significant time and effort.  Not to say a private/public partnership is not possible, just not sure how that would work.  To Rural Metro’s credit, they are long standing partners in the consolidated dispatch center with Grants Pass DPS and other entities because it saves money and improves service to those in need of help. (SOURCE: GPDPS Chief Joe Henner/March 2013)

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30.  Are the current Board of County Commissioners on a united front with respect to the levy proposal? 

Yes. Yes. Yes. (SOURCE: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker, Simon Hare and Keith Heck/March 2013)

31.  Is it possible the State could come in and take over Josephine County?

Not as of today but it could be possible or more possible in the near future because there is also a cost to the State for a lack of local Criminal Justice Services.  Part of the answer lies in HB 3453 which provides for the Governor to declare a “public safety fiscal emergency” if a county cannot provide basic public safety services.  It also allows for consolidation or merger of local governments and for imposition of income tax assessment on residents of affected counties.  To read the entire bill, log on to:  www.leg.state.or.us.  Of course this is not law yet but it may be in the near future.  (SOURCE:  Abe Huntley, Josephine County Community Corrections Director / April 2013)

32.  Why does SOS appear to be laden with City and County employees? How is that not “self-serving?”

SOS, Securing Our Safety, is a non-profit educational/research group formed in the summer of 2012 and officially incorporated in the fall of 2012.  The group consists of people from all walks of life and fields of employment. There are City of Grants Pass and Josephine County Employees, who along with many others from the private sector or just concerned citizens in general, each week tirelessly volunteer their time towards a solution.  The group is diverse and also needs a presence from those that work for local government so that questions about how the system works can be efficiently answered.  SOS is purely a volunteer organization and consists of people wanting to make our home a safer place to live and raise a family. Enrollment is open to everyone and the public is invited to all of our weekly meetings.  The group encourages others to share their ideas and thoughts. Respect for each other’s opinion is the only requirement. The group’s mission is “A Citizen-Voiced Plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”  SOS has to date surveyed nearly 1200 County residents, almost all of whom desire solutions to restoring our local Public Safety and Criminal Justice Services.  There may be some differences of opinion on the best solutions, but we desire to be a voice of the citizens and are currently working hard to collect as much input as possible and educate the public on the dangers of not having an adequately funded Criminal Justice System.  (SOURCE:  Many SOS Members, April 2013)

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33.  If I support the proposed tax levy to fund the Criminal Justice System but am unable to financially support it due to my income, is there anything set up in the county to assist me, especially as an elderly resident?

Each year between January 1 and April 15, low-income senior citizens and disabled citizens who meet the criteria may apply for assistance with their property taxes through a state-run program. Information on the program may be obtained by contacting the Assessor’s Office at 474-5260 or at the following link:  http://www.oregon.gov/dor/SCD/Pages/index.aspx  (Source: Connie Roach/Josephine County Assessor/April 2013)

34.  While you say I am only paying .58 per ($1,000) assessed property value, aren’t I also paying taxes for Rogue Community College and other services other than the Criminal Justice System?

Every property owner in Josephine County pays .58 per $1,000 of assessed value to Josephine County Government. In addition there are also taxing districts with different rates, and not all residents of Josephine County are in all the districts. For example everyone in Josephine County pays into the Rogue Community College District, but only people living within the boundaries of the Three Rivers School District will pay taxes to that district. Likewise only people living within the boundaries of the Illinois Valley Fire District will pay taxes to that District. Josephine County government does not operate these other districts as they are legally formed entities and have their own boards of directors to operate the district (Source: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker April/2013).

35.  How does Josephine County rank compared to property taxes in the other 36 counties? How about Nationally?

Oregon has 36 counties and Josephine County has the lowest permanent tax rate of all of them at 58 cents per thousand of assessed value. There are thousands of counties nationwide and finding THE lowest taxed county would be an arduous task. However, there are various organizations, and the federal government that rank the states using different formulas using various criteria such as home values, median income, and/or taxes as a % of income. In nearly all categories the lowest residential tax state is Louisiana ranking #50 out of all 50 states on taxes as a % of home value. Oregon ranks 26 out of 50; right in the middle of all states (Source: Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker April/2013).

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36.  If I live in Grants Pass, why should I be concerned about having rural deputies?

The City of Grants Pass is not an island unto itself.

The Criminal Justice System, although not tangible or always visible, it is always present. It is what a community depends upon for fair and equal treatment of its citizens. As a citizen of the United States of America, we are unique in that while under one umbrella of Justice, which includes the United States Constitution and its’ stead: “We the People, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, …”; we locally have the right and responsibility of self-government, whereas we are supposed to govern and protect our own. The United States is a Union formed of thousands and thousands of communities governing and protecting their own with profound overlapping. We rely on each other to be responsible for our own community and by each community doing their part, we can all live in peace and prosper side-by-side.

However, this union is strained when a community is unable to fend for itself. Crime and criminals do not respect borders of those communities with law enforcement and those without. Since the Levy failed in November 2012, all of the components of the Criminal Justice System in Josephine County have been diminished. There are fewer jailers, jail beds, no juvenile detention/rescue center, fewer prosecutors, public defense attorneys, AND only three rural patrol deputies. While the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety remains for the most part intact with respect to police personnel, crime within the city limits of Grants Pass has increased dramatically.

When a city has a police force (Grants Pass) and the county (Josephine) does not, that part of the Criminal Justice System is severely impacted. Criminals can commit crimes in the city and take refuge in the county, where, in most instances, no pursuit will occur. The city can’t financially afford to have city police chasing down criminals in the county, thereby neglecting their police duties in the city. The presence and actions of rural deputies may not have appeared to the people of Grants Pass to directly affect their quality of life, but, as we now see, those missing deputies had a tremendous impact on criminal activity outside the Grants Pass borders (Source: Archie Lidey/April 2013)

37.  Does the Grants Pass City Council support the County Tax Levy proposal?

Yes (Source: Keith Heck/April 2013)

38.  Why should we trust in the current Board of Commissioners to lead us out of the Criminal Justice Financial Crisis? How are they different from by-gone Commissioners?

Because the “by-gone Commissioners” are gone. The current Board is committed to working together to find effective solutions. Our problems are not Commissioner’s problems but County citizen problems and together we can and will effect solutions. (Source: Keith Heck/April 2013)

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39. What other specific projects are being worked on to fund the Criminal Justice System aside from Property taxation?

Many various ideas have been proposed and investigated with the vast majority proving impractical or not sufficient to adequate funding. Timber Advisory and Mining Advisory Boards have been developed and are now functioning within the County. For a full slate of efforts you are encouraged to go to www.securingoursafety.org (Source: Keith Heck/April 2013)

40.  Why do I, a property owner in Josephine County, always have to “foot the bill” for everyone else?

Property taxes are a historical reality in American history. When the Revolutionary War began, the colonies had well-developed tax systems that made a war against the world’s leading military power thinkable. In 1796 seven of the fifteen states levied uniform capitation taxes.  Property taxation has been a reality in Oregon since 1859. (Source: Keith Heck/April 2013)

41.  If the City of Grants Pass and the County Sheriff combined Dispatch services, would the community save money?

That scenario is one that will be receiving serious investigation in the days ahead; it will not now provide the necessary funding help. Even if there was a combining, the projected savings would be less than $1 million; a far cry from the $9.6 supplied by the Levy. (Source: Keith Heck/April 2013)

42.  Where is the County Timber inventory? When will it be completed?

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43.   On any given weekend in Josephine County, Oregon, with almost 83,000 people and approximately 1,642 square miles, how many Josephine County patrol deputies are on patrol?

A:   0

SOURCE: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

44.   There were eight criminal cases involving heroin in Josephine County in 2012. How many were there in 2013?

A:   67

SOURCE: Josephine County District Attorney’s Office

45.   How many babies were born in Josephine County with opiate withdrawal symptoms in 2012?

A:   126

SOURCE: Women’s Health Center

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46.  A Detective from San Diego calls for assistance to locate and interview a sex offender suspect who she suspects is now residing in rural Josephine County. She asks to speak to the Detective Sergeant for Josephine County. Who does she speak to?

A:   Not the Josephine County Detective Sergeant. There isn’t one. She does not speak to any Josephine County Detective. There aren’t any. If the Sheriff himself and/or any one of the two remaining deputies are available and not responding to emergency calls for service, she might speak to one of them. She might be able to speak to one of several detectives who work for the Oregon State Police, who are trying to fill in the gaps left by the reduction in manpower, but they have limited resources themselves and are now focused on solving several unsolved homicides in Josephine County.

SOURCE: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

47.  What do you do after arriving to your rural Josephine County home late Sunday afternoon to discover that thieves have broken into your house while you were away, taken your car which had been parked out front, now most likely loaded with your stuff they just stole, and have left a mess inside?

A:   It depends. First call 911. We don’t know if the thieves have finished. Your home needs to be cleared. The 911 call taker will transfer your call to the Oregon State Police. A trooper might respond to “clear” your home if there are no other emergencies in progress. If the trooper responds, they will not take a report. You will be directed to call the Sheriff’s Office Monday morning and/or to the Sheriff’s Office on-line reporting system.

SOURCE: Josephine County Victim

48.  How many abused or neglected Josephine County youth who required shelter care received that care locally in 2013?

A:   0

SOURCE: Josephine County Juvenile Justice

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49.   How many juveniles were cited and released for crimes rather than being transported to the Josephine Juvenile Justice Center from June 2012 till June of 2013?

A:   OVER 300

SOURCE: Josephine County Juvenile Justice

50.   With respect to fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes per the Community Health Assessment 2013, the state average per 100,000 people in Oregon is 12. How many fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes did Josephine County, a county of a population of almost 83,000, have in 2013?

A:   23

51.  True or False – Crime Affects Property Values.

A:   TRUE

Many studies have been done that nearly unanimously show that high crime rates cause property values to fall.  According to a recent 2013 report by the National Association of Counties that can be found here http://www.uscounties.org/countytracker/profiles/JosephineCountyOR.pdf  Real Estate is the #1 industry in Josephine County.  Not providing for proper law enforcement via the Criminal Justice System could be the most costly thing we as a County could do. We have a lot of REAL value to protect.

52.  Per www.CRIMEMAPPING.com , from reported information from the Medford Police Department, which has over 100 sworn police officers, between January 1, 2014 and January 23, 2014, 281 crimes were reported in the City of Medford, which has a population of approximately 76,462 (SOURCE: US Census 2012). Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, which has over 50 sworn police officers, between January 1, 2014 and January 23, 2014, 385 crimes were reported in the City of Grants Pass, which has a population of approximately 34,805 (SOURCE: US Census 2012). How many crimes occurred in Josephine County during that same period of time?

A:   Unknown

Crime reporting in Josephine County, aside from the Grants Pass Police, is broken. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson does not have the manpower to collect statistics. He only has two deputies on any given weekday and three contract deputies. Victims are encouraged to use the Josephine County Sheriff’s on-line reporting system, but it is suspected that many crimes go unreported due to victim frustration and/or the inability of computer/internet access.

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