Jefferson County voters strongly supported a renewal of the Madras Aquatic Center's five-year operations levy.

HOLLY M. GILL - The results are in and Jefferson County voters strongly supported a five-year levy renewal for the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District, while Crooked River Ranch voters were strongly against the formation of an enhanced law enforcement district.Compared to statewide ballot returns of 29.9 percent, a much higher percentage of Jefferson County voters returned their ballots for the Nov. 7 special election, approving one levy and turning down another.

Voters in the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District approved a five-year renewal of the district's operating levy by a vote of 1,793 yes to 826 no.

Overall, 68.5 percent voted for the $0.40 per $1,000 general operations levy, while 31.5 percent voted against it — more than a 2-1 margin. The levy represents a continuation of the current amount that district residents are paying.

At Crooked River Ranch, a measure that would have created an enhanced law enforcement district failed by a wide margin. A total of 1,729 people voted against the measure, while only 290 voted for it — 85.6 percent no to 14.4 percent yes.

The measure would have formed the law enforcement district at a cost of $0.95 per $1,000, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, to fund two full-time deputies, who would have worked out of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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