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Klamath Commissioners Opt Against Seeking Jail Funding On May Ballot

The visitation area at Klamath County Jail.
The visitation area at Klamath County Jail.

A proposal to fund the Klamath County jail will not appear on the May ballot. After discussion on Wednesday, no county commissioner moved to put the proposal before voters.

The proposal would have charged a $95 fee per household or business to fund public safety.

Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet said he didn’t think the other two commissioners would support a motion to put the proposal on the ballot.

“The commissioners and myself, too, would like to see signatures gathered by the committee for putting anything on a ballot, and before we actually say we’re going to do a ballot measure we would like to see a lot of people in support of that," he said.

Bellet said the county’s road funds are supporting public safety, but he says that’s not a sustainable method.

For the proposal to be included on the May ballot, commissioners needed to approve it Wednesday.

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