Klamath County takes jail levy off ballot

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- Klamath County commissioners have decided not to ask voters if they want to raise their property taxes to pay for the jail.

The Herald and News newspaper (http://bit.ly/x58lkr ) reports that the board voted Tuesday to remove a three-year jail levy from the May 15 ballot.

The reason is that the Legislature enacted a bill this year allowing Klamath and other counties to use money normally restricted to road maintenance to fund sheriff's offices.

The $1.6 million levy would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home an extra $80 a year.

Rural counties have been scrambling to fill budget gaps since expiration last year of a program that subsidized federal timber payments to counties to make up for logging cutbacks forced by fish and wildlife protections.

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