Medford to Negotiate Municipal Services Agreement with Coquille Tribe

The Medford City Council approved a motion to start negotiating a Municipal Services Agreement with the Coquille Tribe.

Council President Kevin Stine made the following motion at Thursday’s City Council meeting, “I move to direct staff to begin negotiating a Municipal Services Agreement with the Coquille Tribe regarding a 2.42 parcel of land on South Pacific Highway, to protect the City’s financial interests.” 

Councilor Stine added, “This motion takes no substantive position on the issue of whether the land should be placed into trust; it is only to protect the city’s financial interests.”

All property owners within city limits pay a number of fees and taxes to the City for municipal services such as the maintenance of streets, sewer collection system, sewage treatment, parks and police and fire services. This agreement would ensure similar compensation if the land is put into trust.

The City understands this is a complex issue for community members and reiterates that this motion takes no substantive position on the issue of whether the land should be placed into trust; it is only a proactive measure to protect the city’s financial interests.

As for the status of the land, the City is not the deciding body. The federal government is the deciding body on this matter.

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