Curry County Law Enforcement Tax Levy, Measure 8-71 (May 2013)

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A Curry County Law Enforcement Tax Levy measure was on the May 21, 2013, election ballot for voters in Curry County, Oregon, where it was defeated.

If approved, this measure would have authorized the County of Curry to impose a property tax levy of $1.97 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in all unincorporated regions of the county and $1.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in all incorporated cities for five years in order to fund the operations detailed below in the Summary under the Text of measure section. This split rate tax levy would have imposed a lower tax rate on city residents because cities fund their own law enforcement. The estimated annual revenue from this tax was between $4.5 million and $5.1 million.[1]

Election results

Measure 8-71
Defeatedd No4,03156.22%
Yes 3,139 43.78%
These results are from Curry County elections office

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Shall Curry County Levy $1.84 City and $1.97 Rural per $1,000 assessed value fro law-enforcement for five years beginning 2013-2014?

This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.[1][2]


Curry County's proposed discretionary resource budget of $2.1 million will not sustain County Law Enforcement Services.

This proposed 5 year local option tax provides funding for: Dispatch, 911, Jail Operations, Criminal Investigations, Crime Prevention, Search & Rescue, Marine Patrol, Civil Process, Juvenile Detention Services, Drug Enforcement, Prevention and Education, Traffic Safety, School Resource Programs, Sheriff Patrols, Adult Parole and Probation, Wild Land Fire and Tsunami Evacuations, Emergency Services, Juvenile Probation, Adult and Juvenile Prosecution, Child Advocacy, Victims Assistance.

This measure proposes split rates. While the above law enforcement services benefit all residents, the taxpayers in Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford will pay a lower rate because cities fund police departments.

This proposed local option tax, dedicated to Curry County Law Enforcement Services is estimated to raise $4,524,962 in 2013-2014, $4,660,711 in 2014-2015, $4,800,532 in 2015-2016, 4,944,548 in 2016-2017, and $5,092,885 in 2017-2018.

The Board of Commissioners will reduce this tax in any year in which Federal Safety Net Related Payments are received.[1][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Curry County May 21, 2013 Voter’s Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.