Oregon is holding an election on May 21, 2013. There are only a few items on the ballots that we received in the Vernonia area—School Board positions and Rural Fire District Board of Directors positions.
The other item up for decision by Columbia County voters is renewal of the 9-1-1 Emergency Communication Operating Levy.
This levy is for five years and was originally approved by voters in 1998 and again in 2003 and 2008. The renewal is for the same rate as approved the last two times and is less than the original amount.
This levy supports the operations of our local 9-1-1 call center which dispatch and coordinate emergency information for sixteen public safety agencies included fire, emergency medical services and police.
The rate is 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, meaning that for a home valued at $150,000 the cost is just $43 per year.
With all the cuts we have seen over the last few years to the Columbia county Sheriffs Office, including upcoming reductions to jail beds, we certainly hope that local voters can see the sense in continuing to support this operating levy. This levy will not increase taxes, but will maintain the current level of service and continue to provide a necessary and vital function for our communities.
Please vote “YES” on your ballot for the Renewal of 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Operating Levy.