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Grants Pass may fund county justice

GRANTS PASS (AP) — City officials in Grants Pass say they’re considering making city funds available to help patch the criminal justice system in Josephine County.

The Daily Courier ( ) reports that City Council members are considering lowering expected balances and increasing contingency funds in the next city budget.

That would make room for measures the council could decide on later.

The county is among the hardest hit in Oregon by the end of federal timber subsidies.

Voters in May rejected a tax increase to raise about $9 million for law enforcement over three years. It gained a healthy majority in the city but was rejected countywide.

The city’s public safety chief, Joe Henner, has told the council that restoring jail capacity and reopening the Juvenile Justice Center are the top needs.

Information from: Daily Courier,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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