Proposed Amendments to the Grants Pass City Charter:
CAPTION: Proposed amendments to the Grants Pass City Charter.
QUESTION: Shall the City Charter be amended to change special meeting requirements and other changes?
SUMMARY: The City Council proposes changes be made to the City Charter. Proposed changes include: Permitting three Councilors to call a special meeting; removing the Mayor’s de facto veto power for City Manager appointment or termination; clarification of language pertaining to vacancies and appointments; and other minor changes.
Proposed Local Option Tax:
CAPTION: Three-year City Police & Fire Local Option Tax.
QUESTION: Shall Grants Pass levy $1.89 per $1,000 assessed value, continuing City police and fire services three years beginning July 2021. This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.
SUMMARY: The current levy for Grants Pass police and fire operations ends June 30, 2021. The proposed levy would continue funding emergency police/fire response – 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Public Safety services include patrol, detectives/investigation, traffic, fire protection/prevention, rescue, drug/gang enforcement, dispatch, crisis support, Citizens Public Safety Academy, and response to emergency medical calls. The proposed levy would help maintain current police and fire response time standards to emergency calls.
This levy would fund only City police and fire operations and would ensure City police officers and firefighters are not laid off when the current levy ends on June 30, 2021.
This three-year local option levy of $1.89 per $1,000 assessed value would fund City police and fire operations. The levy would be approximately $347/year for the average homeowner for Fiscal Year 2022.
Projected cost is an ESTIMATE ONLY, based on County Assessor information at the time of estimate. Proposed rate would provide approximately $6,153,000 in Fiscal Year 2022, $6,276,000 in Fiscal Year 2023, and $6,402,000 in Fiscal Year 2024.