La Pine Rural Fire District Operating Tax Levy Renewal, Measure 9-89 (May 2013)

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A La Pine Rural Fire District Operating Tax Levy Renewal measure was approved on the May 21, 2013, election ballot in Deschutes County, which is in Oregon.

This measure authorized the La Pine Rural Fire District to renew an operating property tax levy of $0.64 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for five years in order to maintain services and operations of the district.[1]

Election results

Measure 9-89
County: ApprovedaYes No
Votes  % Votes  %
Deschutes County 2,768 83.75% 537 16.25%
Klamath County 43 84.31% 8 15.69%
Totals: 2,811 83.76% 545 16.24%
These election results are from the Deschutes County elections office and the Klamath County elections office.

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Starting July 2014, shall the District renew the

current 5-yr. local option levy of $0.64/1,000 assessed value to maintain services?

This measure renews current local option taxes.[1][2]

Summary:

This measure renews the current tax rate for five years and provides continuing funds for operating costs that:

• Maintains two paramedic ambulances in service – 24/7
• Maintains at least one paramedic/firefighter officer in the District at all times to ensure response during multiple simultaneous calls and transports.
• Maintains operations of all three District fire stations – Huntington, Burgess/Day and South Century Drive.
• Maintains volunteer reserve and student scholarship programs which provide an average of 4 additional personnel per shift to respond to calls.
• Provides for staffing a third medic ambulance or fire engine company.
• Maintains the new 2012 ISO insurance rating which results in lower insurance costs.
• Allows continued grant matches for equipment, apparatus and facilities which lowers costs.
• Maintains 21 career firefighter paramedics.
• Maintains 21 volunteer student resident/scholarship firefighters and reserve firefighters.

The local option levy is for five years, renewing in July 2014. The tax rate remains at $0.64/1,000 assessed valuation. Estimated annual taxes to be received is $700,582.[1][2]

Support

Below are statements in support of this proposition:

La Pine and its surrounding area are known for having “The outdoors at your front door”. This same remoteness that makes our area a desirable place to live also creates a significant obstacle when it comes to providing emergency services in a timely manner. By staffing paramedics, bolstering its volunteer ranks, and keeping all stations in the district manned, the district has decreased response times and provided advanced life support to its residents. These items are all funded through the resources provided by tax levy 9-89.

Rural areas such as La Pine require their emergency services providers to be highly trained professional paramedics. Our paramedics are the first line medical caregivers for the district’s citizens. In many instances such as, motor vehicle accidents, heart attacks or strokes, the amount of time that passes before a person receives advanced life saving medical care determines whether or not the patient has a positive outcome. Paramedics have the ability to provide these life-saving interventions in the field and possibly sustain a life long enough to receive definitive care at the hospital.

To illustrate the staffing challenges, it is important for residents to know that it is not uncommon for there to be multiple concurrent emergencies within their fire district. Under the fire district’s current staffing requirements, and without the funding provided by this tax levy, the district would only be able to staff one paramedic ambulance. If this ambulance is on a call when another alarm comes in, this second caller will see a significant increase in response times to their emergency.

The La Pine Fire and Emergency Medical Services PAC would like to encourage all residents of the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District to vote “YES” on measure 9-89. This measure will renew the current funding level for staffing and ensure the emergency medical and fire protection services are maintained at a safer level for district residents. This levy will NOT increase your tax rate[1][2]

These arguments were prepared and submitted by Nick Addy, Citizens for Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Opposition

No statement was submitted in opposition to this proposition. If you have an argument that you would like posted here please email editor@ballotpedia.org.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Deschutes County May 21, 2013 Voter’s Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.