Author: Siege Schatza

Hare’s I.T. experience questioned

Siege SchatzaIVN copy editor Both administrative actions that were set to be tackled during the Feb. 21 Board of Josephine County Commissioners weekly business session at Anne G. Basker Auditorium were tabled, but several hot topics were discussed during requests and comments from citizens.The first of the tabled matters was[Read More…]

Citizen chastises commissioners for litigation

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners approved the supplemental budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 at their Jan. 24 weekly business session, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.As Resolution 2024-005 spells out, the purpose of a supplemental budget is to “recognize both additional revenues and expenditures” that were[Read More…]

Commissioners frustrated by tax opt-out rules

Seige SchatzaIVN copy editor On Jan. 17, the Board of Josephine County Commissioners voted to reverse a moratorium they had placed on annexations into the Josephine Community Library District Dec. 20.A JoCo Circuit Court judge ordered the county not to grant any more library district opt-outs Jan. 6, but made[Read More…]

I.V. left without representation at 3 Rivers

Seige SchatzaIVN copy editor The Three Rivers School District Board of Directors held a special session Wednesday, Jan. 17 to interview applicants seeking to serve the rest of Illinois Valley representative Jenn Searle’s term. Searle resigned in November.Stacy Yanase, practice manager for AllCare Medical Group, and Neigel Hruska, a self-employed[Read More…]

County defends Pipe Fork negotiations

Lovers of Pipe Fork Creek, the 320-acre county forestland that has been the focus of a four-year effort by the Williams community to get it sold to a conservation organization, turned out at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass Jan. 10 to encourage the Josephine County Board of Commissioners[Read More…]

County on wrong track, says half of residents

Siege SchatzaIVN copy editor A new poll commissioned by the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors and conducted by Nelson Research found that nearly half of Josephine County residents believe JoCo is headed on the wrong track.According to a press release, “The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors is a trade association[Read More…]

Library goes to court over tax opt-outs

Siege SchatzaIVN Contributing Writer After the Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ unprecedented decision Dec. 6 to grant a local couple’s petition to withdraw their property from the Josephine Community Library District, and the associated taxes, four more families submitted petitions to follow suit, which the board considered at their Dec.[Read More…]

Commissioners allow opt out

SEE AFTER PRESS DEADLINE UPDATE: https://www.opb.org/article/2023/12/12/josephine-county-library-tax-district-opt-out/ Since its formation in 2017, it has been a common occurrence for landowners residing outside of the Josephine Community Library District to voluntarily have their property annexed into the district in order to pay taxes to support the library system, which has to be[Read More…]

Citizens sound off on new tax

While the Josephine County Commissioners canceled their weekly business session for the week of Thanksgiving, all three commissioners assembled in Grants Pass’ Anne G. Basker Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 15 to hear requests and comments from the citizenry.“This is almost the shortest agenda I’ve seen since I’ve been a commissioner, so[Read More…]