Actually Southern Oregon is pretty much the bible belt. Josephine County is about as conservative Christian as it gets. The poster who detailed the destruction of the timber industry nailed it.
The levy they wanted to kick the can down the road was a non starter. It was based on property taxes with the wealthier paying easily 5 to 6 times as much. Ironically the majority of the wealthier wanted to pay but were outvoted.
Josephine County is very conservative. Decades ago the Feds chose the spotted owl over our logging jobs.
This is not a case of liberals getting their comeuppance, but of the Federal Government putting about 60% of the local industry out of business.
The despair and drug use are amazing to see.
The tax they wanted to impose was very high. Almost every property owner voted against it.
The only real solution is jobs, and now that it has been demonstrated that the spotted owl is going extinct because of the barred owl, the sensible thing would be to resume logging, but the enviro nuts will never allow that.