Federal Subsidies May Help And Hurt

Oct 14, 2013

A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to Oregon timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road for now, but local officials say the money is only a fraction of what they need. In one cash-strapped county the infusion has started discussion that it could do more harm in the long run, than good.

The federal payout will bring about $100 million to Oregon. Some of the funds are earmarked for schools and roads. In parts of Western Oregon some is available for law enforcement.

But by comparison, the state got about $250 million in timber funds in 2008.

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop says he's afraid voters may think the county's funding problems and solved and turn down a levy to fund law enforcement this November.