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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

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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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