As the City continues to grow, more support services will be attracted to Talent and will expand shopping options within the City.
The City of Talent has a Council/Manager form of government. There is an elected Mayor and six City Councilors. The terms of office and the responsibilities of the elected officials are defined in the City Charter. City services are provided through a City Manager, Administration/Finance Department, Community Development Office (planning and building code inspection), Police Department, and a Public Works Department (water, streets and park maintenance).
Talent belongs to the Phoenix-Talent School District with an elementary and middle school in Talent and a high school in nearby Phoenix.
Since 1999, Jackson County Fire District No.5 has provided fire services for Talent residents. Since the Fire District is separate from the City, JCFD5 services are paid for by City residents through their Jackson County property taxes.
City property owners are billed for their property taxes by Jackson County. Tax bills are sent out in October and are due in November. The county collects all district taxes for both governmental and school entities and then distributes them to the various taxing agencies. Included in the tax bills for City residents are the following taxing districts: Governmental: City of Talent, Talent Urban Renewal Agency, Jackson County, Jackson County Urban Renewal, RVTD, Vector Control, Fire District #5 and the Soil and Water Conservation District; and School: Phoenix/Talent School District, Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon Education Service District.
Other regional services provided to Talent residential and commercial customers include: The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) provides bus service in Talent. Recology Ashland Sanitary Service provides curbside waste and recycling pickup. All properties within the City limits have municipal sewer service provided by the Rogue Valley Sewer Service (RVS).
Talent is served by two area newspapers-the Ashland Daily Tidings and the Medford Mail Tribune. The City also publishes its own monthly newsletter (The Flash) that is part of Talent's local publication, the Talent News & Review.
Talent hosts an annual Harvest Festival which is generally held on the first Saturday in October. A fun filled day for the whole community with live music, food and crafts and a parade down Main Street.
In addition to the Harvest Festival, Talent has a City-Wide Yard sale in the month of May. May is also Green-Up Clean-Up month - a chance for the community to come out and participate in the beautification of our City.