Elections, Government, Washington County

On the ballot: Washington County public safety levy

The May 19 voters' pamphlet. Photo: Chas Hundley

Washington County placed a public safety services local option levy on the May 19 ballot that calls for taxing property owners 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value

Measure 34-296 would replace the existing five-year levy, which expires in June 2021, and run from July 2021 to June 2026.

If passed, the levy constitutes an increase of 5 cents from the original levy, which passed in 2000. In other words, in 2021 homeowners with an assessed value (not market value) of $300,000 would pay $141 annually, or a little less than $12 per month. 

The levy would maintain county public safety services, such as the investigation, collection of forensic evidence, and prosecution of homicides and other major crimes, train deputies and mental health care professionals to . . .

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