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Local Measures

Jackson County (by initiative petition)

15-119  Ordinance to Ban Growing of Some “Genetically-Engineered” (defined) Plants

Question:  Should Ordinance Ban Growing of “Genetically-Engineered” Plants (defined) in Jackson County and Allow County/Private Persons to Compel Enforcement?

Summary:  This ordinance would ban any person from propagating, cultivating, raising or growing “genetically-engineered” (defined) plants in Jackson County.

The Ordinance also:

·         Requires affected persons to harvest, destroy or remove all genetically engineered plants within 12 months of the enactment of the ordinance;

·         Provides exemptions for certain health, educational, scientific and medical research institutions if activities are conducted under secure, indoor laboratory conditions;

·         Allows for inspections of private property by County code enforcement officers after obtaining a search warrant;

·         Allows for enforcement of the ordinance by the County and by private persons or groups through the State court system;

·         Provides for contested hearings and appeals for alleged violations;

·         Allows the County to recover the cost of abatement from the property owner or the person causing the violation;

·         Defines the terms “genetically engineered,” “organic agriculture,” and “organic;”


Full Ordinance.pdf  


Jackson County (by referral)

15-121  Establish Agricultural Extension Service District for Gardens, Farms, Forests, 4-H

Question:  Shall District be formed with a permanent tax rate limit of $0.05 per $1,000 assessed value, beginning July 1, 2014?

Summary:  If approved, would establish the “Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardener and Agricultural Extension Service District” encompassing all of Jackson County. District’s purpose is to serve urban, suburban, and rural residents and agricultural operations through:

·         4-H, Master Gardeners, Food Preservers, Land Stewards, Small Woodlands and other activities for youth, families, older adults;

·         Technical assistance for farmers, forest owners, nursery growers, orchardists, viticulturalists;

·         Objective, research-based education supporting current and future needs;

·         Preserving and increasing the economic vitality and environmental value of rural areas surrounding urban regions.


Declining federal funding to County has resulted in cuts to local programs, including Agricultural Extension. District could levy maximum rate of $0.05 per $1,000 assessed value, which cannot be increased. District is not required to levy full tax rate each year. Revenues could only be used to fund District activities and not for other purposes. Average County homeowner with $154,210 taxable value would pay maximum of $7.71 per year.

The Board of County Commissioners would govern the District. An annual audit would be available to the public.


Jackson County (by referral)

15-122  Formation of Library District with Dedicated Funding for Library Services

Question:  Shall County-wide Library District be formed with permanent rate limit up to $0.60 per $1,000 assessed value beginning July 2014?

Summary:  If approved, Jackson County Library District will be formed with dedicated funding for library services, including: programs; activities; books; materials; online resources; technology; Community outreach; operational and administrative expenses. District boundaries will include all territory within Jackson County. Formation of District would:

·      Provide permanent, dedicated library funding for library services, preventing immediate reductions in services, programs, activities and hours, and allowing libraries to retain, and possibly expand, service hours, educational resources and programming; library funding cannot be used for any other purpose;

·      Transfer library governance to separately elected, five-member public Board, removing library authority and financial oversight from Jackson County;

·      Empower elected District Board to endeavor to restore and possibly expand critical library services such as service hours, books, student and jobseeker support, online resources and outreach to senior citizens and other Community members;

·      Cap the permanent tax rate at $0.60 per $1,000 of assessed value, which cannot be increased; District is not required to levy full taxes each year; homeowner with taxable value of $154,210 would pay $92.53 per year.


Rogue River Fire District #1 (by referral)

15-123  10 Year Local Option Levy for Rogue River Fire District 1

Question:  Shall Rogue River Fire District No. 1 establish a ten-year local option levy of $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning FY 2014-15?  This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.

Summary:  This measure would authorize RRFD for a local option levy to replace and standardize apparatus and equipment, and provide updates to the fire station at a rate of $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value on real property located within the District beginning FY 2014-15.  The rate of the levy proposed in this measure will not exceed the rate levied on the 20 year capital improvement bond which expires in August 2014.  Accordingly, it will not increase the total assessment rates currently imposed on property within the district.

The estimated funds to be raised each year are as follows:

2014-15:  $130,811.88            2019-20:  $151,646.83

2015-16:  $134,736.24            2020-21:  $156,196.23

2016-17:  $138,778.32            2021-22:  $160,882.12

2017-18:  $142,941.68            2022-23:  $165,708.58

2018-19:  $147,229.93            2023-24:  $170,679.86




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