Historical Society asks Jackson County for funding

sohsMedford, Ore.– The Southern Oregon Historical Society or SOHS needs funding help.

At a Jackson County Board of Commissioners work session this morning, Dr. Phil Long of the historical society requested $400,000 from the county.

That money would help keep SOHS afloat. SOHS asks that a tax option be placed on the November ballot, but commissioners question whether it could pass.

“They said they are looking for a solution, but they also said it never seems to be enough,” says Commissioner Colleen Roberts. “I am not on board with us to throw money at it or on the ballot.”

County Manager Danny Jordan says, the Historical Society is already indebted to the county because of past loans. Jordan suggests SOHS relinquish the US Hotel property in Jacksonville allowing the county to sell it, potentially making back some of the money loaned to SOHS.

Jordan will work with SOHS’s board to come up with a potential plan moving forward.

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