Voters approve MACRD levy, turn down CRR 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.