The first step to repairing the public safety system–is funding solutions for the Lane County Jail. A two-part public input session will begin on stable funding solutions Tuesday night.
Commissioners and the public will hear about another comprehensive survey about what citizens in Lane County want when it comes to funding. This was done in the summer, but county commissioners decided last minute to hold off on placing a levy on the November ballot, although they were recommended to.
Sheriff Tom Turner says the newest survey results show support from the public to help up jail capacity.
A five-year levy would, at minimum, double the jail beds. To put it in perspective, average capacity for a jail in Oregon is 626 beds. Currently there are 135.
“Then we start moving toward being able to add back other things, other really necessary services that would really assist Lane County. For instance very little, well none, is talked about for patrol, but that’s one of the services we need to add back,” said Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff.
From the DA’s office to patrol and youth services, each component is suffering. Sheriff Turner hopes this will make it to the ballot and pass. He says transparency would be key.
Bolstering federal timber payments is also up for discussion.
Commissioners and the sheriff say it’s very important they hear from you in person about how this should be handled. The first hearing is Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Harris Hall and then Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m.