Canby Fire District bond passes handily
Canby area voters healthily passed the Fire District's $4.9 million, 10-year bond measure to upgrade facilities and equipment with a preliminary count of 5,387 votes, or nearly 64 percent.
"We're very appreciative of the voters and pleased with the results," said Chief Jim Davis of the huge turnout. "I feel like we did a good job of explaining what the bond measure was so everyone knew what they were voting for or against. I feel good because it's going to set a good foundation."
The Fire District's board of directors requested a $4.9 million bond measure on the mid-term ballot to help ensure the district is able to maintain its current level of emergency response services. The bond will allow the district to upgrade fire and medical response equipment as well as the district's two stations and support the number of firefighter/medics required for the current call volume.
District execs estimate the 10-year bond measure will cost $0.28 per $1,000 assessed valuation. For example, a $280,000 property — which is about average for residential property in Canby — the cost will be about $78 per year or about $6.50 per month.
"Funds from the bond measure would be used to upgrade the district's medical response and firefighting equipment -- for example cardiac monitors," said Davis.
The funds will help purchase a ladder truck, necessary because building heights in Canby continue to rise. Additionally, these funds can be used to create a Northside Medical Response Station for those living north of the railroad tracks. Other funds would be applied to the Canby station located south of the city on Highway 170. It responds to emergencies in the southern parts of the district and typically is staffed by volunteers.
Bond money also will make repairs and improve the main station, which is 22 years old. It also will pay to support the number of firefighters and medics necessary to meet emergency call volumes.
The board of directors was worried that if the measure failed, the cost to maintain aging equipment and the district's two stations would increase. That could hamper response time because neither station is designed to handle increasing emergency call volume and much of the apparatus could be out of service for repairs.