Hoodland Fire Levy Wins Five More Years
By Ty Walker
Voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the Hoodland Fire District’s five-year local operating levy in the Nov. 7 special election. Measure #3-603 passed with 82.3 percent voting yes to 17.7 percent voting no.
That is, 1,191 yes votes to 256 no votes. As of Nov. 9, the Clackamas County Clerk’s Office reported that 1,447 total voters cast ballots in the mail-in election. Final certification of the voting results is expected by Dec. 4.
“We’re just thankful and gratified for the support of the community,” Hoodland Fire Chief Jim Price said. “I think it’s an indication that the community is generally happy with the fire district. We’d just like to continue providing quality service.”
Passage of the measure means renewing the local option tax at the same rate established in 2019, for another 5 years. It does not increase the total assessment tax rates currently imposed on property in the district, and the revenue earned will continue to be used to maintain current levels of service.
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 five years, that levy has provided roughly 10 percent of the district’s operating revenue, which is about $300,000 a year.
The renewed levy will provide funding that will maintain the district’s current level of service, Price said. The levy allows them to employ seven full-time firefighters/paramedics for around-the-clock service. While that is a manageable number, they still have to rely heavily on their volunteer program.
Hoodland Fire District #74 is the primary provider of fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical first response to the Hoodland community, which includes 45 square miles from Cherryville to Government Camp along the Highway 26 corridor. In 2022 alone, the district responded to 1,128 emergency calls.