EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken is speaking out about the 35 more jail bed cuts that ended with two inmates re-arrested within hours. He says many options are on the table when it comes to pinpointing long-term and short-term funding for Lane County’s public safety including a tax option, but he wants to bring attention back to building stable revenue from federal timber payments.
“Why aren’t they cutting here in Oregon on these public lands? It would be such a win-win. Keep the mills obviously operating but revenue coming back to the counties so we can provide quality service,” Leiken said.
Commissioner Leiken has reached out to Oregon leaders and says a working group between Lane County and the state is currently in the works.