GP looks to establish permanent funding solution for public safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —Since the 80’s the city of Grants Pass has been supporting police and fire services through a permanent property tax rate and a special levy. But that could all be changing.

The city wants to match permanent levels of service with permanent levels of funding for public safety. The levy is currently at $1.79 and brings in about $6.5 million, according to the city.

Alternatives being considered range from the creation of a fire or parks district, sales tax, or utility fees.

“These are all things that the city is looking at currently right now to try to replace the temporary funding levy with a permanent funding stream for police fire and dispatch services,” said city manager, Aaron Cubic.

Cubic says the city is exploring those options, so the council can make a decision moving forward.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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