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KLCC News is covering many aspects of Oregon's May 2016 Primary Election. View KLCC's primary related stories below.OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

Commissioners Drop Plans For Fern Ridge Public Safety Levy

Lane County

Lane County Commissioners have dropped plans to place a public safety levy on the May 17th ballot. The proposal would have funded more sheriff patrols in the rural communities west of Eugene.

The board heard from the public at a meeting Tuesday evening in Elmira. Commissioner Faye Stewart says most of the people who spoke felt the proposed tax was too high and that increased policing wasn’t needed.
Stewart: “So we heard, I think, some pretty strong concerns about the proposal and just didn’t feel there was enough support to move it forward to the voters.”
A citizens group had been pushing for the levy to fund a special police district to help fight what they describe as a big crime problem in the area. The $1.67 per $1000 assessed value property tax would have put 10 more sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the area around Fern Ridge Lake and a resource officer for the Elmira and Veneta school districts.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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