Curry County looking at jail closure after tax levy fails

CURRY COUNTY, Ore. -- Coos County might be seeing a spike in population in the county jail, after Curry County voters rejected a levy that would have kept the jail open.

The 5-year property tax levy was something officials said would have put the county's budget back on track.

The $4 million a year property tax levy lost with 56% of voters saying no.

Officials asked for the levy after cuts in timber county subsidies from the federal government.

The Curry County Sheriff has repeatedly said that without the levy his office would essentially have to close.

Coos County is gearing up to rent jail beds to Curry County.