JoCo Commissioners may seek state aid for public safety

Grants Pass, Ore. — Josephine county may soon be getting help from the state when it comes to funding public safety. The Commissioners met Thursday morning to discuss sending a letter to Governor Kate Brown. The request would be for emergency aid to fund the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year, and wouldn’t require any new taxes.

“It’s our responsibility to try do everything we can to keep funding up,” Sheriff Dave Daniel said.

Sheriff Daniel is part of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, which endorsed the idea, first brought up by Commissioner Cherryl Walker, on Wednesday. However at their meeting, the Commissioners did not vote, but instead decided that first, they need to turn to local law enforcement for statistics.

“Just to say, this is what we know we can yield, so when we go to the governor, if we go to the Governor, this is the number we’re dealing with,” Commissioner Simon Hare said. “Look under the couch cushions,  this is the number we have.”

Those stats would come from all law enforcement agencies in the county.

“We’ll try and provide as much statistical data as we have for the the board of County Commissioners,” Sheriff Daniel said.

The Commissioners have until November when the next legislative session begins to get their request in.

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