That particular county may be conservative, but Oregon isn’t.
All of Southern Oregon and what is really Northern California...not the crap that says SF is Northern California but rather Redding, Weed, etc., have more than once tried to establish a separate state. They wanted to call it Jefferson.
You would be surprised. Just as IL voting is dominated by liberal Chicago, and upstate NY is dominated by liberal NYC, out here in Oregon, the population is concentrated in liberal Portland, and to a lesser extent in liberal Eugene.
Most of the rest of the state is conservative, very conservative.
The budget shortfalls are not the result of bad budgeting. If the Federal government took 60% of your income away, you would feel the pinch too.
DW and I retired to Southern Oregon from the SF Bay area. Since we don't need jobs, the place is perfect for us. We could afford a very nice house, with a view, on 40 acres for less than our rather average house in CA sold for.
And our neighbors are all solidly conservative.
Are you from Oregon? Are you basing this on anything more than opinion? Oregon is predominantly a conservative state dominated by one ultra liberal city (Portland.) It is very similar to CA being dominated by L.A. and S.F.
It is unfair to say the whole state is getting what it deserves when the one city is making the rest of the state reap what it sows. It is especially unfair to delight in the misfortunes of those bearing the brunt of policies they never voted for and voted against overwhelmingly.
Not to be a jerk but this very situation is in all likelihood coming to your city/county as well. The handwriting is on the wall. Municipalities are going broke everywhere. Special tax levies are simply the first shot in the battle to keep things running. They will not be the last and the option to vote against it will probably not be available in the second round.
Josephine County is simply one of many canaries in the mineshaft.