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Clackamas Fire District Board of Directors votes to refer emergency services levy to the May 2023 ballot - 01/24/23

The levy would fund additional firefighters, support wildfire mitigation, and quick response vehicles

Tuesday, January 24 – Last night, the Clackamas Fire District Board of Directors voted unanimously to refer an emergency services levy to the May 2023 ballot. 

Clackamas Fire District leadership asked the Board to consider the levy to better serve the community. Based on increased wildfire risk, a growing county population, and to implement national best practices, Clackamas Fire District developed a levy that reflected district needs. If passed, the levy would fund 62 additional firefighters, directly address increased wildfire risk, and invest in quick response vehicles. 

“I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their support and willingness to refer this important levy to the May 2023 ballot,” said Clackamas Fire District Chief Nick Browne. “This levy will allow Clackamas Fire District to hire more firefighters, fight wildfires, and invest in equipment that will improve response times.” 

A survey, conducted in November by DHM Research, revealed district-wide support for the proposed levy, especially after voters learned what it would fund.

“The Chief and members of the leadership team have done their due diligence to ensure this is a robust, safety-driven levy,” said Director Chris Hawes, who participated in developing the levy. “It’s clear everyone has made a concerted effort to evaluate Clackamas Fire District’s future needs, conduct community outreach, and ensure that the levy remain affordable.”

If passed, the five-year emergency services levy would provide annual funding of $14.5 million at a cost of $0.52 per thousand of assessed valuation, or about $138 each year for the typical homeowner at the median assessed value. Levy funds would be used to hire additional firefighters and first responders in all parts of the district to help prevent dangerous wildfires from spreading and ensure fast responses to medical emergencies. 

Clackamas Fire District conducted extensive community engagement and outreach efforts. Over the last three months, Clackamas Fire District held three community forums and an open house, where district leaders spoke to hundreds about the proposed levy. Clackamas Fire District also conducted a community survey that evaluated priorities and asked for comments about the potential levy, with the intent to provide all community members the opportunity to provide feedback. 

To learn more about the proposed levy, visit the Clackamas Fire District website.

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Clackamas Fire District #1 Regular Board of Directors' Meeting & Executive Session 1-23-23 - 01/18/23

The Board of Directors for Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold a regular board meeting followed by an executive session on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 5:00pm. Agenda items for the regular board meeting will include a request for Board approval of Resolution 23-01 referring a local option levy for fire and emergency medical services to the May 2023 ballot, and an executive session under ORS 192.660(2)(a) to discuss a personnel matter. 

If you would like to provide public comment during the meeting, you will need to sign up no later than Monday, January 23, 2023, at 2:00pm. Please sign up by filling out the Public Meeting Comments form on our website: https://clackamasfire.com/public-meeting-comments/. 

The public is invited to attend either by remote video conferencing or in person at Station 5 (9339 SE Causey Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086). If you would like to attend online or by phone, please access Clackamas Fire's website for the Zoom meeting link and passcode at: https://clackamasfire.com/public-notices/. 

Survey shows Clackamas Fire District voters favor potential levy, funds for more firefighters - 01/13/23

The survey was presented to the Clackamas Fire District Board of Directors during Monday’s Work Session

Friday, January 13 -- This week, Clackamas Fire District Board of Directors heard the results from a survey, commissioned by DHM Research, on the community’s response to a potential levy. 

The survey, which was conducted between November 28 through December 5, asked voters of Clackamas Fire District whether they would be supportive of a potential levy on the May 2023 ballot. Funds from the levy would increase staffing by 62 FTE, support wildfire mitigation efforts, and invest in quick response vehicles to improve response times.

The survey found that support started at 50 percent and quickly jumped to 61 percent when informed that the levy would fund 24/7 staffing at two of Clackamas Fire District's rural stations (Logan and Clarkes) and improve response times to fires and medical emergencies. 

“This research shows strong support for Clackamas Fire District and voters’ willingness to invest in this essential service,” said John Horvick, Senior Vice President at DHM Research. “By more than a 2 to 1 margin, voters said they would vote for the levy once they heard about its benefits to the community. They support the levy because they believe everyone needs a fast response when emergencies strike, no matter where you live in the community.”

Results showed that voters favor a levy that would fund additional firefighters and first responders in all parts of the district to help prevent dangerous wildfires from spreading and ensure fast responses to medical emergencies. 

“As your fire chief, I’m committed to listening to the public, whom we serve, and it’s clear that voters are supportive of our efforts to increase the number of firefighters on our force through a potential levy,” said Clackamas Fire District Chief Nick Browne. “We are dedicated to investing in wildfire mitigation efforts, ensure our stations are fully staffed with career firefighters, and that our response times remain strong.”

Presented during Monday’s work session, Chief Browne also outlined the Clackamas Fire District's extensive efforts to conduct outreach to the public, local businesses, and other community partners.

To learn more about the proposed levy, visit the Clackamas Fire District website at clackamasfire.com.

 

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