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Lake Grove Fire District Tax Levy, Measure 3-427 (May 2013)

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A Lake Grove Fire District Tax Levy measure was overwhelmingly approved on the May 21, 2013, election ballot in Clackamas County, which is in Oregon.

This measure authorized the Lake Grove Fire District to renew a property tax levy of 0.40 mill ($0.4 per $1,000 of assessed valuation) for five years. The estimated annual revenue from this tax is between $167,000 and $190,000. Details about this tax can be found in the Summary under the Text of measure section below.[1]

Election results

Measure 3-427
Approveda Yes 643 78.3%
These results are from Clackamas County elections office

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Shall Lake Grove Fire District levy five-year local option levy of $.40 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning FY 2014-15?

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


This measure would authorize the Lake Grove Rural Fire Protection District No. 57 (“District”) to renew its local option tax levy for fire services at a rate of $.40 per $1,000 dollars of assessed value on real property located within the District, beginning in FY 2014-15. The District’s previous five-year levy for fire services, in the amount of $0.55 per $1,000 of assessed value, expires June 30, 2014.

The District contracts with the City of Lake Oswego for the provision of all fire services for District residents. This levy, if approved, will be used to reimburse the City for those services. A small portion of the levy would be retained by the District to pay for District administration such as auditing, legal services and election expenses.

The estimated total amount to be levied each year is as follows: FY14-15: $ 167,877.00
FY15-16: $ 172,914.00
FY16-17: $ 178,101.00
FY17-18: # 183,444.00
FY18-19: $ 188,947.00[1][2]

Explanatory Statement

For many years, the Lake Grove Fire District has provided fire protection services to its residents by contract with the City of Lake Oswego. The District has paid the City for those services by means of the District’s permanent tax rate and by a five-year local option levy. That current local option levy, in the amount of $.55 per $1,000 of assessed value of property, will expire June 30, 2014. The local option levy proposed by this ballot measure is intended to replace the levy which will expire in 2014, thereby allowing the District to pay the City of Lake Oswego for fire services for an additional four years, until June 30, 2018. The levy is in addition to the District’s permanent tax rate of $1.9092 per $1,000 of assessed value.

In order to have sufficient funds to continue receiving fire protection services from the City, the District Board has determined the need to replace the current levy. The proposed levy would be for five years in the amount of $.40 per $1,000 of assessed value each year, which is a reduction of $0.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. The funds collected from the proposed levy would be used primarily to reimburse the City of Lake Oswego for fire protection services, but also to cover administrative costs of the District, such as auditing and legal expenses, election costs, and other minor administrative matters.

Submitted by Robert F. Blackmore, Counsel, Lake Grove Rural Fire Protection District #57[1][2]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Clackamas 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.