Josephine County

The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt rules that ban cannabis farming on rural residential lots that are 5 acres or smaller.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the county passed the new rules Wednesday night. The board did not determine when they will take affect. 

Opponents have threatened a lawsuit or an appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.


Once more with feeling: Josephine County votes on a public safety levy. 

The May 16th election ballots just went out, and the ballots include a property tax levy to pay for jail and juvenile center operations in Grants Pass. 

The sheriff's department in the county has been cut to the bone by budget cuts, with deputies on patrol only a few hours a day. 

Several earlier levy requests have lost at the polls. 

Josephine County: RCC Bond Passes

May 17, 2016
Rogue Community College

Jackson and Josephine County voters have agreed to foot the bill for $20 million in facilities improvements at Rogue Community College.

 Initial counts had Measure 17-69 passing with 36,587 yes votes and 30,944 no votes between the two counties. The contribution of property owners in both counties will be 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. 

A crowded primary race for two non-partisan seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners narrowed considerably, with the top two finishers from each district advancing to the November general election. 

Southern Oregon has wrestled with caring for the homeless for a long time.

The NO Side On Josephine County's Jail Levy

May 5, 2014

Josephine County voters have a chance to beef up the public safety system through higher property taxes in the May 20 election. 

Measure 17-59 would raise taxes for five years to put more staff--and more inmates--in the county jail and juvenile system. 

Josephine County's Jail Vote: Measure 17-59

Apr 28, 2014

Raising taxes has always been a tough sell in Josephine County. 

We'll know in a few weeks if the lack of sheriff's department patrols and a rise in crime has made the sell any easier. 

Josephine County voters will decide the fate of Measure 17-59 in the May 20th election. 

More Fair Days Ahead For Josephine County

Jan 3, 2014
Josephine County

Things are looking up, at least a little, for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. 

Commissioners decided months ago that the fairgrounds had to be self-sustaining, because the cash-strapped county could not afford to support them.

Josephine County Fairgrounds Get Reprieve

Dec 31, 2013
Josephine County

The Josephine County Oregon Board of Commissioners has voted to keep the county fairgrounds open through the end of the fiscal year.

The commissioners also voted yesterday to go ahead with the 2014 fair in Grants Pass, which will be the county's 100th.