For a long time, Josephine County Public Safety has been funded by federal dollars but now with those gone the Sheriff is offering a picture as a result of major cuts.
The sheriff wants voters to pass a tax levy that would support public safety operations that have since been cut off. He says if the funding doesn't come, he will be forced to lay off some 70 employees. That would leave 3 contracted patrols including the sheriff himself and one dispatch operator. Those charged with Misdemeanor crimes like Assault 4, burglary, theft and drug possession would not be held but rather asked to sign a paper saying they'll show up to their court date. Only the most sever criminals charged with Measure 1 crimes would be held. On average there are around 20 inmates per day on those crimes leaving only ten beds for local arrests. For both county deputies and city police. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson plans to hold three public forums in May. There he hopes to give the public a chance to ask questions about how this proposed tax levy would help.