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Illinois Valley Fire thanks voters for renewing levy to retain paid firefighters

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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Voters in Tuesday's special election overwhelmingly voted to renew the levy that supports the Illinois Valley Fire District, and Fire Chief John Holmes released a statement thanking them for the 5-year vote of confidence.

Josephine County voters writ large were in a giving mood for the November 2 election — renewing the IVFD levy, renewing the levy that supports the Josephine County adult jail and juvenile detention center, renewing a levy for the Williams Rural Fire Protection District, and approving a new 5-year levy to support an animal shelter and animal control services.

The IVFD levy pays the salaries of four firefighter/EMTs, ensuring that the agency is not purely reliant on volunteers.

"In 2017, voters approved to staff the District with this levy, which created greater efficiencies and provided a higher level of service for the community," Chief Holmes said. "Your support means we can continue providing the highest level of service possible for your family and area businesses."

Chief Holmes gave a big "thank you" to voters for their support.