Public Notice

Public Notice – Feb. 21, 2024

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NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Josephine County Clerk has received a ballot title for a county measure, filed February 15, 2024, for inclusion in the May 21, 2024, election. The following ballot title has been provided by the Josephine County Board of Commissioners:

Caption:
Animal Shelter and Animal Control Five Year Local Option Tax

Question:
Shall County levy $0.47 per $1,000 assessed value for five years for animal services and a capital project beginning 2024-2025? This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.

Summary:
This levy replaces the current local option tax of $0.11 per $1,000 of assessed value that expires in June, 2027, with a new five year tax of $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value that expires in June, 2029. Revenue from this measure would go into a dedicated fund. Josephine County could use this revenue only to:
Fund Animal Shelter and Animal Control operations;
Fund a capital project to repair, renovate and expand the Animal Shelter facility;
Pay related administrative expenses.
The Animal Shelter provides services for dogs, cats, and other impounded animals. Animal Control investigates animal abuse, neglect, hoarding, and abandonment, and refers such cases for prosecution. Animal Control also enforces laws that regulate dogs that attack livestock, and animals that are dangerous or a public nuisance.
During the course of this levy the Animal Shelter will be repaired, renovated and expanded. After the shelter project has been paid off, the levy rate would drop from $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value to $0.28 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The proposed maximum rate of $0.47 per $1,000 would raise approximately $4,647,500 in fiscal year 2024-2025, $4,787,000 in 2025-2026, $4,930,500 in 2026-2027, $5,078,500 in 2027-2028, and $5,231,000 in 2028-2029, for a total of $24,674,500.
The estimated tax cost for this measure is an ESTIMATE ONLY based on the best information available from the County Assessor at the time of the estimate and may reflect the impact of early payment discounts, compression and the collection rate.
ANY PERSON dissatisfied with this ballot title may petition the Josephine County Circuit Court pursuant to ORS 250.195, no later than 5:00 p.m., February 27, 2024, (7 business days after filing of the ballot title with the County Clerk).
RHIANNON HENKELS
Josephine County Clerk & Recorder

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JOSEPHINE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Before the Josephine County Board of Commissioners

SUBJECT: The JOSEPHINE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, in accordance with the Land Use Hearing Rules, will conduct a public hearing for the second reading of Ordinance No. 2024-001 described as follows:
ORDINANCE NO. 2024-001; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY CODE (ORDINANCE NO. 2018-004) BY AMENDING TEXT OF THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY CODE TITLE 19: RURAL LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, TO UPDATE CHAPTER 19.76 WILDFIRE AND EMERGENCY SAFETY STANDARDS AND 19.65.070 STANDARDS AND CRITERIA FOR NEW DWELLINGS.
ORDINANCE COPIES: Copies of the proposed ordinances are available for inspection or purchase at the Office of the Board of County Commissioners, 500 NW 6th Street, Room 154, Grants Pass, Oregon. A copy of the proposed ordinance will be furnished to each member of the Board of Commissioners one week prior to the public hearing.

TIME and DATE (HEARING): 9:00 a.m., WEDNESDAY, February 28, 2024

PLACE: Anne Basker Auditorium, Courthouse Annex
600 NW Sixth Street, Grants Pass, Oregon

The meeting will be live streamed on the County’s website and can be viewed at https://www.josephinecounty.gov/government/board_of_county_commissioners/streaming_meetings/index.phpAnyone wishing to attend the meeting remotely can do so via Zoom. If you wish to remotely attend the meeting, please email bcc@josephinecounty.gov and include “Remote Attendance” in the subject line, and our office will reply with a Zoom invitation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY: Please contact the Josephine County Board of Commissioners’ Office Monday – Thursday 8am-12noon and 1pm-4pm, and Fridays 8am-12noon, at (541) 474-5221, or the Josephine County Community Development – Planning Division at (541) 474-5421 or planninghearings@josephinecounty.gov.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS may appear and be heard. The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the hearing to the Board of County Commissioners at (541) 474-5221.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John West, Chair
Herman E. Baertschiger Jr., Vice-Chair
Daniel E. DeYoung, Commissioner

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