The Lane County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision next week on a property tax levy to fund jail beds.
Circuit Court Judge Lauren Holland spoke at a public hearing Tuesday night. She encouraged commissioners to bring the levy to voters.
“Jail beds are also important to all other aspects of the criminal justice system, including our ability to require treatment and rehabilitate offenders," Holland says. "Without a functional jail we simply cannot reach defendants soon enough to prevent them from hurting others, from committing new crimes, from hurting themselves.”
The revenue would allow the jail to hold 120 more inmates. It will also fund eight more juvenile beds.
If the measure goes on the May ballot and is passed, Lane County homeowners would see about an $85 a year tax increase.
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