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LAKESIDE — Property owners would pay taxes for police patrol if voters approve a tax levy Nov. 7.

Under a measure on the upcoming Coos County ballot, taxpayers would be assessed $2 per $1,000 of assessed value. This will be in place for five years, starting Jan. 1, 2018.

"This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than 3 percent," according to a measure notice filed with the county elections office.

Currently the city doesn't have a tax base as City Administrator Curt Kelling has explained.

Instead, the city gets funds from recreational park fees, alcohol and cigarette taxes, garbage and electric fees.

The measure doesn't just pay for sheriff's deputy coverage.

If voters say yes, money will pay for:

  • community development services such as planning, code enforcement, abatement;
  • maintenance and repairs of storm drain infrastructure.

"These funds storm drain only," Kelling wrote in an email. "It would be possible, that a storm drain project could require work on the street. That portion would be paid out of street funds, which are state funds that are restricted in the street fund."

Here's the 2017 fiscal year breakdown in funding:

  • $166,795 for police;
  • $64,152 for community development;
  • $25,661 for storm drains.

By about 2022, the amount that's anticipated to be raised is $1,335,399.

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