EUGENE, Ore. -- Three Oregon timber counties are asking voters to raise taxes to restore deep cuts to law enforcement forced by the expiration of a federal subsidy.
The votes will be counted Tuesday evening in Lane, Josephine and Curry counties.
They have seen sheriff's patrols, jail capacities and prosecutions cut to the bone as voters paying some of the lowest property tax rates in the state have consistently refused to raise taxes.
The cuts followed the expiration of a subsidy that paid timber counties millions to make up for revenue lost when logging on national forests was reduced.
Josephine County is seeking a three-year levy starting at $9.1 million a year, Curry County a five-year levy starting at $4 million a year, and Lane County a five-year levy starting at $14.5 million.