Fee will help fund jail beds in Grants Pass

, Posted: Wed, June 18 2014 at 11:09 PM, Updated: Thu, June 19 2014 at 8:57 AM

Grants Pass, Ore.--  The City Council voted unanimously in favor of a "Jail Services Utility Fee" ordinance. After a county wide property tax levy failed for a third time.

Residents in Grants Pass will now pay more than $3.00 a month in exchange for a yearlong contract providing 28 jail beds.

City Manager, Aaron Cubic said the ordinance will generate nearly a $100,000 from that monthly $3.00 fee to pay for the jail beds.

He also said the jail beds will only be for people arrested in Grants Pass by their police department. People at the meeting said they're thankful the city is stepping in.

"I think that just as many county people come into the city and they get arrested here and since the county doesn't think it's necessary to pay their fair share, the city's got to step up and take care of the county," said Cheri Adkins.

City Councilors said residents would pay a flat rate of $3.75 per month. But businesses would be charged on different scale with eight categories they could fall into. 

Bigger businesses like Wal-mart and Fred Meyer will pay $1,000 a month and smaller business will pay up to $100 a month.

The city won't start charging the fee until August 1st.

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