Ballots for Nov. 7 election going out
Ballots for the Nov. 7 election will be mailed out to Jefferson County voters on Wednesday, Oct. 18, but not everyone will have an issue to decide.
Only two measures will appear on the ballot: one from the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District, seeking renewal of its five-year local option tax; and one from Crooked River Ranch, asking for formation of an enhanced law enforcement district.
Voters who live within the boundary of School District 509-J, which also serves as the border for the MACRD, will vote on the renewal of a $0.40 per $1,000 assessed value tax.
The tax, which has raised about $250,000 per year over the past few years, supports the operations of the recreation district, which offers both in-pool and out-of-pool activities and sports.
In the first year of the renewal, 2018-2019, the tax would raise about $247,089.
Jefferson County residents on the Ranch will have the opportunity to vote on a permanent tax rate of $0.95 per $1,000 assessed value to support the formation of the CRR Enhanced Law Enforcement District.
The district boundaries would include all Ranch property north of the Jefferson County line between the Crooked and Deschutes rivers.
The ballot notes that a home assessed at $200,000 would pay about $190 per year to support the district.
The funding would allow CRR to have two full-time deputies on patrol. The deputies would be overseen by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the County Commission
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 17. Those sending in registration cards must have the cards postmarked by that date. Registration cards may also be submitted online before midnight.
For more information, call the Jefferson County Clerk's Office at 541-475-4451.