Tax Yourself…? The Public Safety Ballot Measure Considered

6:30 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 – TOWN HALL Q&A… This November, voters will decide about continuing to pay increased county taxes for health and safety services and, this town hall session is a chance to talk with County officials about the proposal. At a rate of $90 yearly per $100,000 of assessed home value, the property tax levy should raise between $7.6 million and $8.7 million each of the next 5 years.

Panelists include Benton County Commissioner Xan Augerot and Sheriff Scott Jackson. Generous time is scheduled for audience questions.

This local option Public Safety and Health Levy is put to voters every 5 years for renewal. It funds jail bed rentals, transition services for state inmates completing their sentences and, 24 hour sheriff’s patrols. The levy also pays for substance abuse and mental health interventions .

Public health services are also funded, including communicable disease outbreak prevention, school based mental health programs and early childhood intervention for at-risk children.

Like all City Club of Corvallis programs, attendance is free and considerable time is scheduled is for audience questions. Panel discussion starts at 6:30 and runs until 8 pm. This meeting is slated for the Corvallis-Benton County Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis.







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