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Levy reduction would be timely, if not overdue


May 6, 2020

A proposal by city staff to decrease the Police Department levy by 30 cents per $1,000 of property value is something we should all appreciate.

For one thing, that proposal will allow the City Council a chance to keep an implicit promise from city officials in 2015, when voters approved levy increases of $1.45 per $1,000 for law enforcement and 35 cents for the library as part of an effort to combat the effects of compression.

The compression rate was 38 percent that year, and nearly all of Sweet Home properties were in compression. Because voters had approved tax increases for other agen...

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