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