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Gold Hill voters defeat public safety levy

Residents stuck to their guns when asked whether they wanted to pay additional taxes to help fund public safety for their city over the next three years.

Early results show a $250,000 levy failing, 144 to 65, or 68.9 percent to 31.1 percent. 

Measure 15-140 would have taxed Gold Hill residents  $1.32 per $1,000 of assessed property value to raise $250,000 over the next three years.

Last November, city officials sought a larger, $500,000 levy, but it, too, was soundly defeated.

City officials today said they would abide by residents' wishes, though the city already had signed a contract to provide a single, full-time officer for at least the next three years.

Said Mayor Jan Fish, "If the levy fails, the people are saying we don't need police. So be it."