Oregon counties' LEO shortage prompts governor to consider legislation declaring public safety emergency and imposing temporary income tax on counties to pay for more public safety workers
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber
is considering legislation that would declare a public safety emergency in some Oregon counties where residents often have been left to try to fend for themselves. The measure would also impose a temporary income tax on residents of counties unable to pay for public safety workers due to budget cuts.
, where there is one sheriff and three deputies to serve 80,000 people, would be one of those affected.
The shortage of officers and the department's limited hours led to an incident in August that helped prompt state legislators to take action, CNN affiliate KOBI reported.
A woman was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend after she called 911 and tried to get an officer at her home.
Her call was transferred to the state police because the sheriff's department isn't staffed 24 hours a day or seven days a week, the station said. A dispatcher for the state police said, "Uh, I don't have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?"
Oregon considers new taxes as 911 calls go unanswered - CNN.com
On Tuesday, residents of Josephine County, shot down a measure to increase property taxes to increase funding for their depleted sheriff department, court security, animal control and juvenile justice.
The tax levy, voted down by 539 votes, would have provided a $9.6 million yearly fund over three years.
Oregon Counties' LEO Shortage Prompts Governor To Consider Legislation Declaring Public Safety Emergency And Imposing Temporary Income Tax On Counties To Pay For More Public Safety Workers
There you go making sense again. With an attitude like that, you will never go far in government!
Originally Posted by pgg