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For all other animal-related questions, call Josephine County Animal Control at 541-474-5458. For more information, go to the Josephine County Animal Protection website.
Open applications for City Committees and Commissions are advertised through our local newspaper and posted on the Committees & Commissions page, as well as the homepage. If you are interested in any city volunteer committee or commission, please contact the Administration Office at 541-450-6000.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety wants every one to have a fun and safe Fourth of July. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
North Grants Pass Hazard Zones
South Grants Pass Hazard Zones
Over 75% of fireworks injuries are from consumer fireworks legal in many states like firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, fountains, and sparklers. Fireworks injuries are most commonly associated with:
Who commonly gets hurt by fireworks?
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See these maps for more detailed information:
These sections of Title 9 of the Municipal Code apply:
Any firework that does not explode, fly into the air, travel more than 6 feet horizontally, and/or 12" vertically from the point of ignition.
Unclassified items, which are not classified as fireworks such as:
Any firework that explodes or flies through the air, travels more than 6 horizontal feet or 12" vertically on smooth ground or behaves in an uncontrolled manner.
Many properties have been annexed into the Grants Pass city limits over the years. It is the property owner's responsibility to know if they are located in city limits and abide by the Grants Pass city ordinances. Please refer to the maps below.
Never take your pet to a firework display.
Call the Fire Prevention Office at 541-450-6200.
If you have any questions, please contact Administration.
Urban renewal is funded by Tax Increment Financing. It works like this:
When an urban renewal area is created, the County Assessor establishes the current assessed value of all property within the area. The Assessor “freezes” that tax base.
For the duration of the urban renewal area, the taxing districts receive revenue from that frozen base.
When the value of the properties increase, the income above the base (the “increment”) goes to the Urban Renewal Agency. This money is then spent on projects in the urban renewal area.
When the urban renewal area ends, the taxing districts receive the taxes on the full assessed value of the area.
Local taxing districts, which accept a frozen tax base during the life of the urban renewal. They do this to encourage development. Development will increase property values, and increase future tax income for the districts.
The taxing districts directly impacted are the City of Grants Pass, Josephine County, and the 4H Extension. These districts accept income from a frozen tax base for the life of the urban renewal but do not receive taxes from increases in the assessed value.
Schools within the urban renewal area are not directly impacted. They are funded through the State School Fund. Property tax revenues are an offset under the statewide school funding formula. Property tax revenues foregone by school districts in the urban renewal area may be replaced with other State School Fund revenues.
No. This is not a new property tax. Tax bills for property within the urban renewal area do not increase because of urban renewal.
Urban renewal changes how the tax revenue is distributed. Property taxes will not increase due to urban renewal within the area.
The money to pay for projects is generated by the new development and property appreciation in the urban renewal area.
Yes. If you own property in Grants Pass, urban renewal will be listed as a line item on your tax bill
This line item lists the amount of income the Urban Renewal district receives from the property within your tax district.
The Water Treatment Plant has been around since 1931 and is aging and showing signs of failures. The facility is under repair constantly being it is becoming beyond repair. The WERT will be a short-term answer if and when the Water Treatment Plant should have a catastrophic failure.
The City of Grants Pass makes a commitment to the citizens to supply safe drinking water at all times including during an emergency. The trailer is completely self-contained and as long as there is a water source (such as, the Rogue River) it will be able to clean and disinfect water for an extended period of time and capable of supplying high quality drinking water for citizens up to 1 gallon/day/person. The trailer is capable of producing up to 45,000 gallons of water per day.
During a major catastrophe, it can take several days for outside resources to reach citizens and deliver water. To have complete water services restored after a major catastrophe it may take up to a year for some services in our area. Another good reason for having the WERT is if the City should sustain a major waterline break and the repair would be an extended amount of time, WERT would be activated and available for the citizens.
The trailer carries multiple diesel pumps and generators so it can remain fully self-sufficient in an extended emergency. When needed water will be pumped from a source, such as the Rogue River, and passed through a 4 stage filter system which will filter from coarse through smaller than 0.35 microns. Chlorine will then be added to the water prior to placing it into foldable water storage containers where it will sit for 1 hour or more to disinfect.
The water can then be pumped through a self contained distribution piping system to customer’s containers.
Yes. Bring your own disinfected water storage container when visiting the City of Grants Pass water distribution site. Follow these four steps to disinfect your storage container:
*Never use a container to store drinking water if it previously stored milk, fruit juice or any toxic solid or liquid chemicals.
Take a read off your meter and contact Utility Billing and they will work with you on figuring out how much you may have lost.
The property owner is responsible for repair and maintenance of their water lines beyond the water meter. The utility is responsible for water lines up to the meter. Unless the leak is at the connection on the meter, the owner will have to repair or hire a licensed plumber to do so.
The location of leaks located behind the water meter is also the responsibility of the property owner.
A leak on a customer's property is their responsibility. However, we advise you to contact our Utility Billing office so that we can document your leak, and advise you on how to submit a request for a leak adjustment, if you feel this leak is the cause for putting you into a higher monthly service charge.
If you notice a leak in the street, water coming out of a meter box or any other water related problems, please contact Utility Billing so we can get someone out there as quickly as possible. The utility division appreciates you reporting leaks so they can be repaired as quickly as possible and to prevent unnecessary loss of water.
If you discover a leak after 5 p.m. or during a weekend or a holiday, please call our Public Safety Department at 541-474-6370. Public Safety will contact a Utility representative to respond and access the situation.
No, the meter will only monitor usage for water going to the home through the meter.
As soon as possible, a Public Works employee will respond and determine if the emerging water is actually related to a leak on the municipal system. Unexplained water surfacing at any location may not always be related to a leak on the public water system. Sometimes such water is caused by problems related to other utilities such as storm drainage or Irrigation District water.
If a leak is determined to be coming from the municipal system, the responding employee shall mark an area surrounding the leak with white paint and inform other utilities of the need for an emergency repair. The other utilities will respond by sending representatives to mark out the locations of their facilities within the painted area.
After these utilities have responded on site, repair work on the leak can then proceed as quickly as possible. The timing in which each particular leak is repaired may vary slightly depending upon its size, location, impact on customer service and other factors. Most water leaks are repaired on same day as reported.
Insulate. Loosely wrap your pipes and faucets with insulation, or cover with plastic bag and/or coffee can. Hardware stores have pipe wrap and covers for faucets and fittings.
Note: Do not wrap the relief port on RP backflow assemblies. This needs to remain open for water to drain. Call 541-450-6115 with any questions.