Grants Pass, OR -

Hoping to stave off bankruptcy and a state takeover, Curry County commissioners are again asking voters approve a tax increase to keep sheriff's patrols on the road and the jail open.

County Commission Chairman David Brock Smith said Monday he hopes two things that have happened since a tax hike was voted down last May will make a difference come November.

The county is asking for less this time -- $3.2 million over three years.

And a new law allows the governor to declare an emergency in counties where citizens refuse to pay for minimum public services. That opens the way for county officials to impose new taxes.

If voters turn down the levy, Curry County is in line to be the first test of the new law.