Increase to Operating Levy Being Considered

Marion County Fire District #1 held two public meetings in November 2019 to share information about the challenges we are having to provide emergency service. Community members attended to learn more, and we are moving forward with a plan to resolve these issues.

Specifically, call volumes are continuing to increase. We’re up 3.9% over the same time last year. More calls mean added costs. Our goal is to get to you as quickly as possible and we are struggling to do that.

Overlapping emergencies also are straining our resources. In 2019, 50% of our emergency responses overlap. Our goal is to reach you in 7 minutes or less. However, it can take as long as 11 minutes during these incidents and we want to do better.

Our Strategic Plan calls for hiring additional emergency personnel and replacing our aging apparatus and equipment. Our goal is to replace apparatus and equipment without borrowing money, as that would cost taxpayers more due to interest payments. That’s why the fire district is considering asking voters to increase its operating levy by 28 cents. This would cost an additional $4.67 per month (or $56 per year) for the owner of a $200,000 home.

Our goal is to reduce impacts to taxpayers by asking for funding in smaller increments; just as it is needed.


January 16 at 6:00 p.m.
4910 Brooklake Road NE, Bldg. 2
Salem, OR 97305

The purpose of this meeting is to vote on placing the measure on the May 2020 Primary Election ballot.

Your participation is welcome in this discussion.

We’ll share more information as it becomes available here on this page.

Chief Kyle McMann is available to answer questions at (503) 588-6535 or

Thank you.

Chief Kyle McMann