Merkley Appropriates Funding for Coastal Communities; Urgent Care Open House; Email Property Taxes; New License Plate Proposed

Merkley Appropriates Funding for Coastal Communities

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has announced that he has secured key provisions that will help provide jobs and improve infrastructure in Oregon.  More than 700 million dollars will go to support small ports for harbor and channel improvements, inland waterways and small ports that Merkley says are the key to the Oregon coastal economy.  Money for dredging and navigational improvements is included in the money.  Merkley say the funds will “support programs that will help Oregonians in the near future.”  Merkley was also able to appropriate 25 million dollars to help improve the efficiency of heavy duty trucks through cost effective technologies to reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the transportation sector.

Urgent Care Open House

The new urgent care facility operated by Nova Health in Florence is hosting a ribbon cutting to introduce their urgent care and Primary care facility to Florence.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th from 4:30 to 6 pm at their offices at 4480 Highway 101 Suite G

Email Property Taxes

Lane County has announced that you can now receive your property tax statements via email.  You have until September 30th to opt in to the program.  This will give plenty of time to change your status with the county as bills are expected to be sent out on October 18th.  According to a Lane County press release this will not affect the way mortgage company’s pay property taxes on behalf of homeowners.  People that want to take advantage of this new service can do so at

New License Plate Proposed

The Oregon Wildlife Foundation has launched a campaign to get Oregon’s next wildlife license plate approved by Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV). The plate, featuring a mule deer and a Cascade Range mountain, was conceived by the Foundation and partners to raise awareness about wildlife-vehicle collisions on Oregon’s highways and roads, and to raise funds to build safe road crossings for Oregon wildlife.