Tuesday is Election Day in Oregon, and while most of us have nothing to vote on, residents of Jefferson County’s Crooked River Ranch and Madras Aquatic Center and Recreation District do.

Crooked River Ranch residents are being asked to create a new taxing district that would fund expanded Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office services in the community nearly 28 miles south of Madras. At a levy rate of 95 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value, some may view the district as too expensive, but voters who fail to turn ballots in by 8 p.m. Tuesday will miss the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal.

The Madras Aquatic Center serial levy, if approved, is not an increase. The cost, 40 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value, would remain unchanged from the current levy. The money it raises would continue to be spent providing vital recreational services, from swimming and flag football to soccer and basketball. Were the levy to be defeated, services would be cut. Voters should not let that happen.

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