Hoodland Fire District Seeks Support for Levy Renewal
By Dennis McNabb
According to their website, “Hoodland Fire District #74 provides fire suppression, prevention, rescue and paramedic emergency response services. The district serves residents, visitors and businesses along the Highway 26 corridor from Cherryville to Government Camp in Clackamas County.”
A levy was approved in 2019 which asked for $0.25 per $1000 of assessed value on real property located within the district. For the past 5 years, that levy has provided roughly 10% of the district’s operating revenue and allowed them to employ 7 full-time firefighters/paramedics for around-the-clock service. While that is a manageable number, they still have to rely heavily on their robust volunteer program to fill in the many gaps.
Voting YES on Measure #3-603 this November means renewing this local option tax at the same rate for another 5 years. It will NOT increase the total assessment tax rates currently imposed on property in the district, and the revenue earned will continue to be used to simply maintain current levels of service.
Failure of the levy would require a noticeable reduction in the services the district has grown to expect. Chief Jim Price stated that he would do everything in his power to avoid personnel changes, but a 10% reduction would have a significant impact nonetheless. In the areas of public education, firefighter training and drills and equipment upkeep/replacement, consequential shortages would require attention.
Hoodland Fire District #74 is the primary provider of fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical first response to the Hoodland community. In 2022 alone, they responded to 1,128 emergency calls.
Exercise your right to vote! November 7th is just around the corner, so mark your calendars.