Animal advocates rejoice after unofficial election results come in for Measure 17-77

The Josephine County Animal Shelter provides food, care and temporary shelter for an average of 1,765 homeless dogs, cats and other animals each year, in Grants Pass, Oregon, on March 13th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- Josephine County's Measure 17-77 is passing with 70 percent voting in favor.

This measure would renew Animal Control and the Animal Shelter's levy. It adds an $.08 tax per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Animal advocate Raleigh Smith said she is ecstatic about the levy renewal. She said she has seen such positive impacts from current three-year levy.

She said there has been major strides in animal welfare, investigations for hoarding cases, backyard breeders, neglect and abuse. She said even the shelter has added a new cat room and a new program to rescue dogs with heartworm. Most importantly, she said the shelter is a happy place.

"I'm just honored to be a part of it," Smith said. "So, yay for the Josephine County voters that love animals."

The approximate tax increase for a home valued at the county's median residential property value of roughly $154,440 would be approximately $12.36 a year, which is $1.03 a month.

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