Possible utility bill hike to fund jail beds

, Posted: Thu, May 29 2014 at 5:06 PM, Updated: Thu, May 29 2014 at 9:48 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- In 2013, the city of Grants Pass and Josephine County created a year long contract where the city rented beds in the county jail. That contract is expected to end in June.

Last year the city funded the jail beds by adjusting the general fund, but they say that's not an option anymore.    

The Grants Pass City Council is considering a $3.42 hike to continue that service.

"That was a test program last year, with buying the jail bed. And we think it's been successful. We've noticed an absolute reduction in criminals, and crime and just all out nuisance things that we were having before," said Dan DeYoung.

If approved, the hike would give the city between $900,000 and a million dollars to use for the jail. The city council is expected to make a final decision sometime next month.

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