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Shady Cove to vote on five-year police levy

SHADY COVE ' Voters will be asked Nov. 5 to approve a five-year levy supporting its police department.

It replaces a levy passed in 1998 to supplement police services and is 33 cents higher at 90 cents per &

36;1,000 of assessed value (or about &

36;135 a year on a &

36;150,000 house).

The levy is intended to support the city's police chief and three officers. It is expected to raise &

36;780,000 over five years.

Mayor Tom Anderson says the levy is vital to the town.

We need to pass the levy for the continued safety of the community, said Anderson. Without it, we will be forced to reduce the police force over the next 18 months.

City officials say increased costs of wages and benefits has significantly outpaced the increase in property tax revenue. The city says police wages and benefits have increased by &

36;26,700, while tax revenues have only increased by &

36;9,286.

Ballots were mailed Friday and must be returned to the Jackson County Elections Office by 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

A drop-off box in Shady Cove will be installed Oct. 28 at the Jackson County library branch, 22477 Highway 62.