JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is still working to find a permanent funding stream for law enforcement. NBC5 News told you last week about recent efforts to get the city of Grants Pass on board as well, to find stable funding.
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday night on the matter. Sheriff Dave Daniel says it’s an opportunity to educate the public about future possibilities and hear about them.
We are told that this meeting will focus solely on the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Herman Baertschiger and Sheriff Daniel are due to speak. Sheriff Daniel says some potential ideas that will be mentioned include the possibility of creating a tax district, a sheriff’s office tax or a tax on retail operations.
As NBC5 News told you earlier this month, Sheriff Daniel met with grant officials about creating stable funding for his agency and the city’s police force. He estimated that a new retail sales tax would generate about $4.4 million for Josephine County, about $3.7 million for Grants Pass, and $208,000 for Cave Junction.
“It looks like this would provide a fully funded sheriff’s office for the sheriff’s office at least in the patrol division, administration, detective division up to 24/7 and will be able to provide a even better service than we are right now,” says Daniel. Nothing has been decided.
The Sheriff and Commissioners are encouraging people to come forward and be part of the conversation to hopefully find a solution.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Anne Basker auditorium. It will also be streamed live on the county’s website.