Voters in Banks are quite familiar with the city measure on their Nov. 7 ballot, which boils down to: Do you want to pay for local police service? The question has been posed before and it's received mixed answers. Yes. No. And, most recently, Yes, but it doesn't count (because not enough of people voted).
Measure 34-138 asks it again. Specifically, it would impose a five-year property tax levy to raise $766,000 for local police services. The tax would be $189 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $378 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home.
That's a big number, but we think that's a fair price for a needed service. As reported in last week's News-Times, some local business owners say they've noticed an upswing in thefts since the city ran out of the money needed to continue its contract with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for city patrols.
Providing public safety is one of government's primary jobs. Voters in Banks should give city leaders the money needed to do so.