JoCo Hosts City Hall to Discuss Finding Stable Law Enforcement Funding

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Oregon — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is still working to find a permanent source of funding for law enforcement. NBC5 News last week told you about recent efforts to also bring in the city of Grants Pass to find stable funding.

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners is hosting a town hall on the matter Wednesday night. Sheriff Dave Daniel says it’s an opportunity to educate and hear from the public about future opportunities.

We are told that this meeting will focus solely on the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Herman Baertschiger and Sheriff Daniel are scheduled to speak. Sheriff Daniel says some potential ideas mentioned include the possibility of creating a tax district, a sheriff’s office levy, or a retail tax for law enforcement.

As NBC5 News told you earlier this month, Sheriff Daniel met with grant pass officials to create stable funding for his agency and the city’s police force. He estimated that a new retail tax would raise about $4.4 million for Josephine County, about $3.7 million for Grants Pass, and $208,000 for Cave Junction.

“It looks like this will provide a fully funded sheriff’s office for the sheriff’s office, at least in the patrol, administrative and detective department, where we stand through 7/24 and will be able to provide even better service.” offer than we are now.” Daniel said. Nothing is decided.

The sheriff and commissioners encourage people to get involved and join the conversation to hopefully find a resolution.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Anne Basker Auditorium. It will also be streamed live via the county’s website.

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