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Lane County Jail Tax Levy, Measure 20-213 (May 2013)

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A Lane County Jail Tax Levy measure was approved on the May 21, 2013, election ballot in Lane County, which is in Oregon.

This measure authorized the County of Lane to increase property taxes by no more than $0.55 per $1,000 assessed valuation for five years in order to fund certain jail services as described below in the Summary under the Text of measure section. The estimated annual revenue from this tax is between $15 million and $16.53 million.[1]

Election results

Measure 20-213
Approveda Yes 44,915 57.01%
These results are from the Lane County elections office.

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Shall County restore jail beds and critical youth treatment levying $0.55 per $1,000 assessed valuation for five years commencing 2-13/14? This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.[1][2]


Passage of this measure will allow Lane County and Sheriff Tom Turner to:

Maintain a minimum of 255 local jail beds for the five year period. Increased jail capacity will substantially improve the Sheriff's ability to hold those accused or convicted of violent crimes until their cases are resolved.

Provide additional counseling, secure treatment and detention services for Lane County youth offenders. This will ensure that more community youth offenders will receive treatment services. The funds generated from this tax must be placed into a restricted special revenue fund specifically earmarked for jail and youth services. An external auditor will annually present in a pubic forum an independent audit report to the Sheriff and the Lane County Board of Commissioners to ensure accountability.

After five years, this tax rate automatically sunsets, unless re-approved by Lane County voters. This measure generates revenue for five years beginning in 2013 and for the median home in Lane County, valued at $154,809, the annual tax payment will increase by no more than $85.15.

The estimated tax which would be raised by this levy are 2013/14-$15,268,806; 2014/15-$15,574,182; 2015/16-$15,885,666; 2016/17-$16,203,379, and 2017/18-$16,527,446 for a total of $79,459,479.[1][2]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lane County May 21, 2013 Measures List
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.