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HR County Advised To Wait Until 2020 For Next Levy Attempt

Hood River County Commissioners talked about next steps in a possible second try at a revenue measure with a political consultant Monday. Amy Ruiz of Strategies 360 said she thinks the County has a chance to get a local option levy passed, but not this November, believing the County would not get the type of voters where their proposals would have the most support until May or November of 2020. Ruiz said the 2020 elections during a Presidential year will bring out more young voters. She added the County probably needs to do a better job of spelling out the consequences of a “no” vote in their next effort. Commissioners seemed to have a consensus for waiting until 2020, even though Chair Mike Oates did say it was hard to wait and not do it as soon as possible. They will discuss the matter further at their meeting on July 15. County Administrator Jeff Hecksel got the go-ahead from Commissioners to begin to develop a prioritization of services…which will start with work at the staff level and take about 30 to 45 days to present to the Commission.