Klamath County seeks voter OK for jail levy

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- Voters have been asked to approve a property tax increase to keep the Klamath County jail from freeing suspects who then skip their court dates.

Like many counties in Oregon's timber country, Klamath has struggled to keep its law enforcement system intact in the face of declining revenue from the federal government's timber sales. It's now facing cuts in jail capacity.

Two years ago, levy proponents say, the county closed jail cells. Non-violent offenders were booked and released, and they repeatedly failed to show up for appearances in court.

The Herald and News (http://bit.ly/ApJRbP) reports that county commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to put the levy on the May 15 ballot.

The three-year levy would raise $1.6 million a year. The owner of a $200,000 home would pay $80 a year.

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Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com