Charlotte Lehan Celebrates Passage of Public Safety Levy, Declares 'New Day' for Clackamas County

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The overwhelming vote in favor of the Public Safety Levy proves that residents will step up when it counts, says the Clackamas County Chairwoman

Charlotte Lehan smiles as she talks about the results of last Tuesday night's election in which voters approved the Public Safety Levy with nearly 76% support. The huge margin of victory surprised many, including the Clackamas County Chairwoman.

"We had initial concerns," said Lehan, noting the tough economic environment. "But when it came down to making a decision, our residents really stepped up to the plate. It shows that they value the work done by our Sheriff's Department every day in keeping our families and businesses safe."

The operating levy renewed the previous one passed by voters in 2006. It maintains the current level of service, keeping 19 deputies on the streets and 84 jail beds open. But Lehan credits voter approval to the fact that the levy didn't increase taxes.

"From the very beginning, we understood where a lot of families are in Clackamas County right now. We made it clear that this levy does not increase property taxes, and our voters held up their end of the bargain," said Lehan. "Proving that we can all work together signals the start of a new day in Clackamas County."

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