Newspaper: Services needed more than ever as Washington County continues to grow.

Voters in May should vote "aye" on a levy to extend city-level police services to people who live outside the cities of Washington County.

Ballots are being delivered this week and the voting deadline is Tuesday, May 16.

The measure would 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. This is no small population; it's estimated to serve some 208,000, 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.

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