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Voters pass three Lane County fire district measures

The levies and bonds will help fund equipment and operations.

Posted: May 16, 2018 5:48 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 12:45 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Voters continue to support the local fire stations in Lane County after passing three measures that will help pay for operations and equipment.

KEZI spoke with Chad Minter, the fire chief with the Coburg Fire District.

He said their five-year levy, which will take effect in November, had more than 70 percent in voter support during Tuesday’s election.

Minter said there is nearly $450,000 estimated in the levy over the five-year span. This means if your home is worth $200,000 you will pay $44 for this levy annually.

The levy will allow the district to make improvements to the fire station and to purchase new cardiac monitors and medical and protective equipment.

"It's one of those things that people recognize in a fire district that volunteers are providing a service, they need safe equipment to respond and dependable equipment and that helps them recruit and retain volunteers, and all the three fire districts that put levies or bonds on the ballot all passed pretty widely in the 65- to 70-percent range,” said Minter. “I think that shows that they're doing a good job."

One of the other measures that was passed was the Mohawk Valley Fire District bond. It will help replace some fire engines and rescue vehicles and will come from property taxes. The McKenzie Fire and Rescue five-year levy also passed and will help maintain staffing, facilities and equipment. If you have a $200,000 home, you will pay $120 annually.

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