Lane County Jail Adds More Beds

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Jail is finally seeing the results of the public safety levy that passed in May. It added 35 new jail beds Monday, which is just a portion of the total amount it plans to add by next week. The jail plans to add another 96 beds by the end … Continue reading »

Jail Receives Levy Funds

EUGENE, Ore. — Public safety levy funds will soon start flowing to the Lane County Sheriff’s jail. On Monday, 35 extra beds will be in the jail, and a week later there will be another 96. Currently, there are 125 jail beds available. Sgt. Steve French of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says that extra space … Continue reading »

Public Safety Forum

EUGENE, Ore. — Just a couple more days until the Lane County public safety levy money kicks in and the jail can start holding more criminals. In the meantime, law enforcement is trying to keep its pulse on the state of public safety in Lane County. The Police Commission hosted a forum Thursday night. Lane … Continue reading »

Levy May be Blueprint for Other Counties

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently approved public safety levy may prove as a blueprint for other Oregon counties struggling with funding. Lane County was the only county to approve a public safety levy last week. A commissioner says extensive polling helped the commission craft a levy that earned enough support to pass. Voters in two … Continue reading »

Interview: Sheriff Turner on KEZI 9 News

EUGENE, Ore. — After a long streak of defeats, Lane County residents passed a public safety levy. KEZI 9 News Anchor Sean Cuellar sat down with Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner to discuss how the levy will help out public safety and services in the community.

Lane County Public Safety Levy Passes

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 … Continue reading »

Services Cut if Levy Doesn’t Pass

EUGENE, Ore. — Measure 20-213 affects a broad bracket of people, as it pertains to Lane County public safety and particularly to services that the sheriff says will be cut if it doesn’t pass. There was no organized opposition toward Measure 20-213, but those in favor of the levy were gathered at the Nines Golf … Continue reading »

Measure 20-213: Lane Co. Public Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — The voter turnout so far this year is very similar to the last time a public safety measure was on the ballot. In 2007, Lane County voters struck down a public safety levy; 71 percent of registered voters said no. Supporters of Measure 20-213 are confident this election will bring a different … Continue reading »

Lane County to Deliver Budget Message

EUGENE, Ore. — More details about the proposed Lane County budget will be revealed Thursday evening. The total budget is $466 million–down $34 million from the current year. Lane County Administrator Liane Richardson will present her budget message to the budget committee. It’s titled “A Brighter Future.” Richardson will outline the changes and steps being … Continue reading »

Yes on 20-213 Campaign Kicks Off

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure everyone makes an informed decision by Election Day. Ballots are set to be mailed out the first week of May, and levy committees aren’t wasting time pushing their measures. Despite the rain, supporters of the Measure 20-213 levy were out in full force Friday … Continue reading »

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