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Two-thirds of voters in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District voted in favor of a property tax increase.

PMG FILE PHOTO: - Voters approved a funding increase for Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett and his department .Voters in urban unincorporated Washington County chose to increase funding for the Sheriff's Office.

According to election results Tuesday, 67% of voters in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, which contains developed parts of the county that fall outside city limits — such as Bethany, Aloha and Cedar Mill — supported a property tax increase to fund law enforcement.

"We are happy to see the unwavering support from the community members within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District," said Sheriff Pat Garrett in a statement. "It is an honor to continue to provide police services to ESPD and all of Washington County. ESPD is an important reason we call Washington County the safest major urban county in Oregon."

The new levy amount is 83 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, a 15-cent increase over the current levy amount. Property taxes on a home priced around $320,000 would increase by about $55, according to county estimates.That levy amount funds the Sheriff's Office by $20 million to $25 million per year over the next five years, for a total of $112.7 million.

According to Tuesday's results, 21,214 ballots were in favor of the increase compared to 10,414 against it.


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