Saturday, April 27 2013, 09:30 PM CDT
Group seeks to challenge new ordinances
By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. - The Josephine County elections officer gave permission for a group of citizens, called Citizens Saving Private Property, to collect signatures which would force a referendum on the Board of Commissioners' new ordinances.
The group is looking at challenging four separate referendums.
The organization's spokesperson says Ordinance No. 2013-002 eases the standards under which a property owner can be prosecuted.
The other ordinances the group is concerned with are Nos. 2013-003, 2013-004 and 2013-005.
Citizens Saving Private Property is against the public nuisance revision because it says it represents a unilateral replacement of a law adopted directly by voters.
The group is also challenging the code enforcement ordinances because it says they establish a whole new level of bureaucracy with the capacity to fine citizens up to $10,000 and use the fines to support the department issuing the complaint against the citizen.
The group came together when members were upset with the Board of Commissioners for denying a citizen petition to place the ordinances on the November election as a referendum item.
If the group gathers enough signatures, Citizens Saving Private Property could get a special election on the ordinances in September.
On Wednesday, the group is holding a rally at the Lion's Gate Church in Grants Pass at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in learning more is welcome to attend.