Sheriff Pat Garrett says voter approval of Measure 34-272 would extend city-level police service to the more than 200,000 people who live outside the cities of Washington County.
The measure on the May 16 ballot would extend the current tax levy of 68 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value for five years, starting in mid-2018. Ballots go in the mail starting April 26.
The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District covers numerous unincorporated communities north of Beaverton, between Beaverton and Hillsboro, and outside Tigard and King City. Its estimated population is 208,000, about a third of the county's population.
"I think it's extremely important that this levy be continued so that urban services to these communities can continue," Garrett said Monday (April 17) at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum.
The district was created in 1987, when county commissioners sought to provide city-level police service — one uniformed officer per 1,000 population — for the county's extensive unincorporated urban communities. The average for such areas is about one-half of an officer per 1,000; the ratio under the current levy is 1.08 per 1,000.
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