Klamath Falls, Ore. -- The Klamath County Commissioners said this morning that they won't put a jail funding issue on the May ballot...even though the Sheriff says proposed cuts could shut down the jail.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says he's facing a budget crisis...
"If we don't fund the sheriff's office to a zero growth budget, and we take the hit of two million dollars, that jail across the way closes, all the good we've done just goes right down the drain."
Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum disagrees...
"And yet the threat is always, 'we're going to close the jail'. 75 percent of our county's general fund today goes to supporting public safety."
An effort to fund the jail through a 144 dollar yearly fee to all home and business owners has been withdrawn.
Klamath County resident Todd Kepple is backing a new effort for a 95 dollar fee...
"So, I'm here to encourage the board to place a measure on the ballot."
But the board rejected that request.
Commissioner Jim Bellet: "I think if I made a motion to put this on the ballot, it's going to, I don't think I'm going to get a 'second'."
The Sheriff is expected to present a draft budget to the county by Friday.
Klamath County budget hearings will get underway in mid-April.