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Lane County Voters Renew Jail Funding Levy

Rachael McDonald

In Tuesday’s special election, Lane County voters approved a renewal of a 5-year jail funding levy.

Measure 20-271 continues a 55 cent per 1-thousand dollar assessed value levy that funds jail beds and youth treatment services.

At an election watch party Tuesday, Sheriff Byron Trapp expressed thanks to voters.

Trapp: “The levy renewal that was put on the ballot was exactly what was passed 4 years ago with no change so that all those protections and restrictions on the funds were maintained and we continue to be committed to providing the best services possible with the resources available and to be the best stewards of the counties funds as we can be.”

Thanks to levy funding, jail capacity has grown from 125 to 317 beds for adult offenders. It also funds 16 treatment and detention beds for youth offenders.  The sheriff says capacity based releases have been reduced by 63 percent since the original measure passed.

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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