Denise and Hunter talk with Polk County Sheriff Mark Garton and Polk County DA Aaron Felton about Public Safety Levy that is on the May ballot. This is a status quo request, as they don’t plan to increase or decrease the number of employees this levy provides. By going out a year early (2023), the new levy would replace the 5th year of the existing levy and start over at a cost of 49.5 cents per thousand of assessed value. The purpose of going out a year early is to provide stability and continuity for all the staff who have been already hired for these positions covered under the levy. How much will this new levy cost? For a property with an assessed value of $250,000, the cost would be approximately $123 per year, a $17 increase from the previous levy.
Later in the show, we talk with Leslie from Willamette Valley Savour, a new non-profit fundraising event bringing the best of our valley to one location. Visitors will sample an array of Oregon wines, craft beers, hard ciders, spirits, tasty bites, and artisan crafts from an exclusive list of exhibitors on display. Willamette Valley Savour will be held in the Grand Hall at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton on April 28-29, 2023.