La Pine Rural Fire District Operating Tax Levy Renewal, Measure 9-89 (May 2013)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
These arguments were prepared and submitted by Nick Addy, Citizens for Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
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