The Curry Coastal Pilot

There's not much excitement surrounding the Nov. 5 general election.

There are few political signs dotting Curry Countys' landscape. There are few letters to the editors espousing the pros or cons of ballot measures. There are no organized groups campaigning for or against anything.

If it weren't for ballots showing up in our mailboxes this week, one might not know there is an election happening.

Of course one of the main reasons is, there are no people running for elected positions.

Second, the ballot contains nothing but tax measures - and we all know how a majority of folks in Curry County feel about higher taxes.

All Curry County voters will decide the fate of Measure 8-73, which asks for a three-year, countywide property tax increase of $1.345 per $1,000 assessed valuation. (It is the only measure on ballots mailed to Southern Curry County voters.)

People usually have strong feelings about tax proposals, but this time around there's a sense of deja vu. Voters have "been there, done that" and we doubt a majority of voters have had a change of heart since they rejected the last county tax proposal.

There are indications that three other ballot measures - to build a new Gold Beach hospital, buy a fire truck for Gold Beach, and renew funds for Port Orford Police - have a better chance of being approved. Those are worthy endeavors; but ultimately it will be up to voters in Gold Beach and Port Orford to decide.

Despite the low energy and excitement of this year's election, voters shouldn't sit this one out. These are hard times for Curry County, and our leaders need direction from citizens on what to do next.

Don't toss your ballot in with unpaid bills and forget it. Take the time this weekend to fill it out and mail it back by Oct. 30, or place it in a drop-off box by 8 p.m. Nov. 5.