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Medford considers how to spend $1.3 million marijuana tax revenue

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Medford considers how to spend $1.3 million marijuana tax revenue

 

Marijuana tax revenue put big bucks back into the state's hands, and some of that money trickled down into Medford's local government. The city expected to collect about $1.3 million dollars by June 30th, and another $1.15 million in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

 

But city council has yet to decide how to spend it.

 

The city sent out a survey asking Medford residents how they would like to see that money spent. More than 2,000 people responded, ranking the importance of eight different options. The most popular choice was money for a new aquatic center - something Medford's Parks and Recreation Department said is desperately needed.

"This pool leaks about 3,000 gallons per day," said Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal as he pointed to the Jackson Pool. "You multiply that by 365, and that's a fairly substantial amount."

 

The pool is nearly 60 years old, almost double its expected lifetime, according to Rosenthal. He said he expects it will last a couple of more seasons. After that, he said, it faces the same destiny as the Hawthorne Pool, which closed after officials found it was leaking tens of thousands of gallons of water a day near the Bear Creek Greenway......

 

 

 

https://ktvl.com/news/local/medford-considers-how-to-spend-13-million-marijuana-tax-revenue


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