Public safety in jeopardy in Josephine County.
as a property tax levy fails.
The levy that would have raised property taxes to pay for criminal justice failed handily.
Reports indicate 70 pink slips are set to be handed out to criminal justice employees in less than a week. The sheriff is disappointed by the results. Some are saying voters opted for financial security over personal safety. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says he will begin handing out pink tomorrow.
"that's the end..at the end of this month it will be what it is.....it is what it's gonna be"
This is the third time a tax levy to support criminal justice has failed in Josephine County. The cuts are likely to be deep with 70 pink slips it means deputies, detectives and District Attorney's would be out of the jobs.
It may also mean serious cuts to jail staff and juvenile detention may close its' doors altogether.
Final election results will follow.