Imangine that by taking just 10 minutes the coastal area of West Lane County could get back ALL the county services, own elected officials, public safety, judicial court, and jobs here in Florence. The coastal area generates roughly 12% of Lane County's revenue, contains 6% of its population, yet only enjoys 2-3% of the services paid for. It will require 50%+1 of the registered voters living ONLY in the coastal area 5 minutes to sign a petition to place this on the ballot. It will require 50%+1 of those same registered voters who vote on the ballot taking a second 5 minutes to make it a reality. The rest is set in the Oregon Constitution and Oregon Revised Statues to involve an initial small creation team to initiate Siuslaw County and prepare it for its own first election of officials. The existing taxes, fees, grants, etc. currently feeding Lane County will stay with the split off Siuslaw County providing MORE than enough for a healthy county. We will go from hardly any county services to enjoying the FULL SET of them we pay for now. Being a new county, there is also no obligation to be involved in PERS which is devastating Oregon established public agencies. Are you ready to take control of your own coastal destiny, to enjoy the freedom and liberties now denied by the Eugene driven Lane County, and go from despair to plenty "county" wise? It just takes 10 minutes.
Your New County will Focus on Essentials:
Safe - Your new coastal county will have its own “resident” Sheriff, patrol deputies, Judge, DA, courts, health & human services, and other essential programs.
Local - Your new coastal county will have its offices, facilities, and workers conveniently here on the coast. The jobs transferred will benefit our economy with salaries earned/spent on the coast.
Equitable - Your new coastal county will assure you get the county services you are paying for. The Highway 126 tunnel represents a cultural divide that separates us from Eugene; and our fair share of public safety resources and other public services. Some liken the tunnel to a worm hole between galaxies separating the coastal communities from the valley; thus we are easily ignored.
Affordable - Your new coastal county will not be burdened with over 160 years of questionable Eugene-centric decisions which have dramatically increased the cost of providing critical public safety and other essential services. The new coastal county will not be in the financially devastating PERS. The current fees, taxes, and federal/state revenue sharing generated by the coast and used by Eugene will remain on the coast to the benefit of the coastal communities. County services are allocated by funding and population; the coastal area has 5% the people, provides approximately 12% of the funding, and yet only receives 2-3% of the total county services.
Representative - Your new coastal county will provide 100% representation in deciding county level issues versus the current 5% the coast receives under Lane County. The 5% is based upon our choosing only one of the five commissioners, and then being only 25% of West Lane County who elect the Commissioner representing West Lane County. The West Lane District Commissioner is primarily elected by and serves the voters of the western greater Eugene area and its surrounding bedroom towns.
Oregon Revised Statues 202 allows the formation of a new county by a majority of the registered voters signing a petition for and then voting in favor of the proposed new county. ONLY those LIVING in the new coastal county area may sign/vote. The assets, liabilities, and funding portion the coast now provides Lane County would then be transferred to our elected representatives and their administration.