Voters support enhanced sheriff's levy
Voters said "yes" to a levy to extend police services to people who live outside the cities of Washington County in election returns this week.
Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, the county elections office was reporting 76 percent of voters had supported the levy in preliminary returns. Twenty-four percent were saying "no."
The measure will extend the current tax levy of 68 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value for five years, starting in mid-2018. The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District covers numerous unincorporated communities north of Beaverton, between Beaverton and Hillsboro and outside Tigard and King City.
It's estimated to serve some 208,000 people, or about a third of the county's population. That includes Aloha, Bethany, Bonny Slope, Bull Mountain, Cedar Hills, Cedar Mill, Claremont, Garden Home, Metzger, Raleigh Hills and Rock Creek.
The levy would cover a total of 151 full-time positions, including 127 sworn officers and 24 non-sworn staff. That includes eight new deputies over the life of the levy, or into 2023.
The renewed levy would cost $191.92 for the owner of a home assessed at the countywide average of $282,200 in 2018-19. That would be up $7.40 from the current levy's final year, which starts July 1.
The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, created in 1987, provides funds for an additional officer for every 2,000 residents (on average).