MEDFORD, Ore. – Only one issue was on the ballot in Jackson County for the November 5th special election. Measure 15-186 asked voters to approve a $28-million bond to upgrade and replace emergency communications equipment.
Tuesday’s initial election results showed 59.5% in favor and 40.5% against.
The bond will increase property taxes at a rate of approximately $9 for every $100,000 dollars assessed value. That’s about $27 a year for a house valued at $300,000.
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon said they will begin the process of selling off their old analog equipment to install the digital system. Operators tell NBC5 News the digital system will require a special receiver to hear and give agencies the ability to encrypt their signals.
Jennifer Elliott anchors the primetime newscast FOX26 First News at Ten on NBC5’s partner station, KMVU/FOX26. She also reports for NBC5 News. Jennifer began her career at NBC5 News in 2011 as a production assistant. Raised in Southern Oregon, she studied voice and piano while attending South Medford High School. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she returned home and added organ playing to her musical repertoire. In addition to her musical talents, Jennifer is an award-winning artist. She has also co-hosted Southern Oregon’s Got Talent. Jennifer is married and the mother of three children who keep her busy and very happy.