EUGENE, Ore. – Local law enforcement, school districts and more are seeking funding through measures during the November election.
Ballots must be dropped off at an official drop-off point before 8:00 p.m. this evening to be counted.
The Western Lane Ambulance District is seeking to impose a five-year option fee for services. The first direct debit was adopted in 2012 in response to the increased volume of 911 calls and the need for additional medical staff. The tax costs homeowners 45 cents per $ 1,000 of the home’s estimated value, or about $ 90 each year for a $ 200,000 home. The levy expires next year unless voters renew it.
Mike Caven, president of Lane Professional Firefighters IAFF-851, which represents district medical workers, said the renewal of the tax was vital to maintaining current service levels.
“We are not asking for more money or to increase the tax. We call for the maintenance of an operational levy that is almost a decade old and the maintenance of the high level of service our members provide to the community of Florence, ”said Caven.
KEEP READING: VECTORS SHOULD DECIDE ON TAX RENEWAL FOR WESTERN LANE AMBULANCE DISTRICT
Meanwhile, in Linn County, voters will decide whether to renew a law enforcement tax and increase the amount collected each year in property taxes. The four-year tax that funds much of the Linn County jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office and juvenile corrections is set to expire next June, according to Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon.
“We’ve all seen the cost of things go up, and we’re no different here at the sheriff’s office,” Yon said. “But the way I see it, for $ 28 or $ 40 a year as the increase is, you can keep all of the services that we provide.”
FOLLOWING: LINN COUNTY ELECTORS TO DECIDE ON PUBLIC SAFETY PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Changes to the city charter are also appearing on some ballots this year. Corvallis voters wonder if the city should change its charter to remove binary and gender pronouns. There is also a five-year local option tax on the ballot for voters in the Benton County area that would fund the McDonald Forest Estates Road district. In North Albany, the Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a five-year tax.
Two school bonds are vying in Coos County, one to fund repairs and upgrades in the North Bend School District and one to build, renovate and improve facilities in the Coquille School District.
In Douglas County, some voters will decide whether or not to approve a bond for the Winchester Water Control District.
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