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Voters decide on the Grants Pass Fire Rescue bond

Measure would form make Grants Pass Fire Rescue District an independent district if passed

Posted: Nov 5, 2019 9:07 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2019 10:19 PM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- Measure 17-93 fails in Josephine County.

This bond would have made the Grants Pass Fire Rescue District a separate district with a permanent rate limit of $2.03 per $1,000 dedicated to fire rescue services beginning 2020-2021.

For every $100,000 of a property’s assessed value, the tax would have cost $203.00 per year, or approximately $16.92 per month. If it was approved, the Grants Pass Police and Fire levy would be discontinued in the same year that the new Grants Pass Fire Rescue District rate would begin.

If the measure passed, an elected five member district board would have served as the governing board of the district to provide oversight and accountability.

The boundary would include territory within Josephine County, including all properties within the City and certain non-contiguous properties in the City’s Urban Growth Boundary that are currently receiving City public safety services through Service and Annexation agreements.

The district would provide funding for fire rescue services in the district, replace the city fire department, and require the city to grant to the district the ownership or no-cost lease of public safety facilities.

Officials say the proposed rate would raise approximately $6.7 million in the measure's first year.

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