Ballots Must Be Received by May 19 to Be Counted

Marion County Fire District #1 is asking voters to renew its local operating levy during the May 19 Primary Election. The operating levy provides almost 30 percent of the revenue the Fire District receives to provide emergency services.

Measure 24-441 would renew the operating levy and includes a 28-cent increase per $1,000 of assessed property value. If approved by voters, the levy would change from 71 to 99 cents per $1,000. The 28-cent increase would cost $4.67 per month (or $56 per year) for the owner of a $200,000 home, an average for the Fire District’s service territory.

The Fire District has been communicating about the need for funding to hire more emergency personnel and replace aging apparatus for over a year. If approved by voters, it’s likely some of the revenue will pay costs associated with emergency responses for COVID-19.

“We’re in a situation where a protective mask that used to cost one dollar is now six dollars,” said Fire Chief Kyle McMann. “We respond to more than 8,000 calls a year and this type of personal protective equipment is critical to protect our residents and first responders.”

Ballots must be received at the Marion County Elections Office or an official ballot drop site by 8 p.m. on May 19 to be counted. Voters may mail their ballot, but must do so early to ensure it is delivered in time to be counted. Ballot drop box locations can be found here:  https://www.co.marion.or.us/CO/elections/Results/Pages/May-19-2020-Presidential-Primary-Election.aspx.

More information on the operating levy renewal can be found on the Fire District’s website at www.mcfd1.com. Chief McMann also is available to answer questions at (503) 588-6535 kylem@mcfd1.com.