KMED/KCMD News: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jackson County Expects Funds For COVID-19 Expenses

JACKSON COUNTY COULD BE GETTING A GREAT DEAL OF FEDERAL MONEY TO HELP OUT WITH CORONAVIRUS RELATED EXPENSES. THE MAIL TRIBUNE SAYS THAT $5.4 MILLION DOLLARS WOULD GO TOWARD COUNTY EXPENSES, WHILE $2.3 MILLION WOULD GO TO ECONOMIC AID. THE MONEY WOULD ALSO GO TO HELP OUT STRUGGLING BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTY.

Jackson & Josephine Counties See Decreases In Unemployment

JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES HAVE SEE DECREASES IN UNEMPLOYMENT. FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, THE STATE EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT JACKSON COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT WENT FROM 16% IN APRIL TO 14.2% IN MAY. JOSEPHINE COUNTY SAW AN IMPROVEMENT FROM 15.3% IN APRIL TO 13.4% IN MAY. THE BIGGEST INCREASE, SAYS THE OED, IS IN LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY JOBS.

New Utility Fee May Be Coming to Grants Pass

THE GRANTS PASS CITY COUNCIL COULD PUT A NEW PUBLIC SAFETY UTILITY FEE TO RESIDENTS’ WATER BILLS. THE GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT THE FEE WOULD GO TO CLOSE A PROJECTED POLICE AND FIRE BUDGET GAP. VOTERS WOULD HAVE NO SAY ON A UTILITY FEE, OR HOW MUCH IT WOULD BE. A LEVY WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT, BUT MOST COUNCIL MEMBERS SEEM INCLINED TO KEEP THE LEVY RATE AT $1.79 PER $1,000 OF ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE.

Medford Police search for Sign Swiper

MEDFORD POLICE ARE SEEKING HELP IN LOCATING A PERSON, WHO’S ACCUSED OF STEALING PROTEST SIGNS FROM PEOPLE’S YARDS IN EAST MEDFORD. THE SIGNS READ, “BOYCOTT CIRCLE K.” IN A VIDEO POSTED BY POLICE A WOMAN GETS OUT OF A DARK SUV, GRABS THE SIGN THEN SPEEDS OFF. IT’S NOT THE ONLY INCIDENT SAY POLICE, BUT ONE OF MANY THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED LATELY.

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