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Voters OK Measure 20-271 jail levy

FILE - Jail bed (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp said Measure 20-271 is just what the county needed to keep violent offenders from getting released early. According to the preliminary count, the measure passed with 72 percent of the vote in the special election Thursday.

The extension means the 55 cent tax on every $1,000 for a property’s assessed value will continue.

Trapp said they are grateful for the community support.

When the measure was first approved in 2013, it enabled the county to reopen nearly 200 jail beds.

"I look at it, and I'm a tax payer as well. And I was, I couldn't imagine reducing all of these services back to pre-levy levels and eliminating all of the gains that have been made. And this isn't cheap to rebuild these services,” Trapp said.

The current levy was lowered this budget year to 38 cents per $1,000. Trapp said this rate was not sustainable in the long run, so the renewed levy will maintain the 55-cent rate.

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