‘A La Carte’ levy proposed for Josephine County

Josephine County, Ore — With the failure of multiple tax levies aimed at funding public safety in Josephine county going back 3 years one county commissioner says she wants to try something new.

In a commissioner’s meeting this week commissioner Cherryl Walker proposed what she calls ‘a la carte’ tax measures.

The proposal would put multiple property tax levies on the may ballot if approved by the board in January.

Instead of a package deal, Walker says these smaller levies would allow voters to pick and choose which, if any, public safety function they would like to support.

“Each public safety division would be dealt with separately with it’s own amount according to a tax of cents per thousand and of course any one of those could pass, or none of them, or all of them,” said Commissioner Walker.

Walker says any additional levies would likely last two to five years and add to an existing 58-cent property tax in the county.

Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife and their German Shepherd named Stanley.
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