Commissioners Drop Plans For Fern Ridge Public Safety Levy

Feb 10, 2016

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.

Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart
Credit Lane County

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.