Our Meeting this week, today, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, will be at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.
1. Multi-Tier Taxing District-(Kris Woodburn, Chris Mecca, Pat Fahey, Connie Roach and Jay Meredith) UPDATE
2. Lottery Committee Update-(Cliff Thomason and Jay Meredith)
Flocking (Bill West)
District Attorney Stephen Campbell’s Opinion Editorial 2008
Even with the recent Federal Rescue bill which reinstated Federal timber payments on a descending basis over four years, Josephine County is in trouble. We need to plan now for the future and seize every reasonable opportunity to secure alternative funding. Measure 62 provides an excellent opportunity to do just that. A Yes vote on Measure 62 would require that 15% of all profits from the Oregon Lottery be specifically set aside for law enforcement and early childhood development. Under Measure 62’s formula 50% of the dedicated funds would go to the Oregon State Police forensic units to help them help every police agency and prosecutor across Oregon solve and prosecute crimes. Early childhood development programs would receive 20% of the proceeds and the 36 sheriffs and district attorneys would receive the remainder. Under current projections this would result in revenue of $370,000 per year to both the Josephine County Sheriff and District Attorney.
The fact that this is dedicated lottery money is important to you. That means that the State will participate in investigations and prosecutions of State statutes and that they cannot withdraw that support and leave it only to the counties when political climates, parties or leaders change, as has happened in the past.
Most citizens will remember when the Oregon Lottery was originally launched all proceeds were dedicated to economic development. It seems indisputable that robust economic development cannot and will not occur without adequate public safety. It just makes sense to dedicate some lottery profits to law enforcement. A Yes vote on 62 is good public policy and will serve Josephine County and your pocketbook by appropriately linking law enforcement services to dedicated Oregon Lottery profits.
· Opioid Committee Update-(Toni Webb)
· Mining in Josephine County
(Michael Cope) Addressing concerns about mining
· Debate Committee Update (Matthew Eldridge)
· SOS Elsewhere (Starting the Fire in other Counties)
WHAT SAY YOU?
We are knitting the community of Josephine County together one day at time…
MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”