EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Public Safety Levy was one of the most visual campaigns over the last few weeks.
Those in favor of the measure held a watch party Tuesday night at the River Ridge Golf Course.
Earlier in the evening, only smiling faces could be found as Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner and levy supporters soaked up their measure’s projected success.
The first numbers were reported at 8 p.m., which revealed 56 percent of voters voted in favor of Measure 20-213, meaning the sheriff’s office will have rejuvenated funds for jail beds and youth services.
Sheriff Turner was one of the most vocal during this campaign and easily the most excited when preliminary results rolled in.
“I was just hoping to be ahead, and this is far behind what I could have hoped for. We’ve worked so hard for this, and this is a fantastic result,” Turner said.
“Lane County has always been very supportive of youth services and the work we do. And so it’s reinforcing and encouraging, and I’m excited to go to work tomorrow morning and continue forward. We still have a lot of work to do,” said John Aarons, Lane County Youth Services.
Secondary numbers came in at 9:30 p.m. showing the same results at 56 percent voting in favor of the levy, another reassurance for supporters.
This is a very big win for the sheriff’s office, especially when you look at recent history. Knowing since 1974 that 14 of the sheriff’s office’s proposed levies failed, this is a big relief for the county’s public safety departments and for those residents hoping to see more criminals stay in jail.