TVF&R measure passes voter muster
The Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district, of which Newberg has been a part of for the past couple of years, saw its measure to continue levying taxes for the next five years get voter approval in last week's election.
"We are so grateful for this show of support from our community," said Fire Chief Mike Duyck. "Our community has consistently told us that their top priority for TVF&R is fast and effective emergency response. We will continue to use their investment wisely to fulfill this commitment."
The district encompasses 390 square miles of territory in three counties and serves more than 530,000 residents from 26 fire stations, including two in Newberg, with more than 400 career firefighters.
Approval by voters last week will allow TVF&R to continue to levy 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value ($11.25 a month or $135 per year for a $300,000 home) for the next five years. The levy funds, according to a press release from the agency, 92 firefighter and paramedic positions, as well as several staff positions that support operations. Levy proceeds can also be used to purchase land for future fire stations, as well as firefighting and medical equipment.
In last week's election, voters also chose a pair of representatives to serve on TVF&R's board of directors, returning incumbent Randy Lauer for Position 4 and electing Justin Dillingham to replace a retiring Brian Clopton in the Position 5 seat. The board sets policy and serves on the district's budget committee, all positions are at large (they don't represent a specific district) and their terms are five years.
TVF&R took over temporary responsibility for Newberg's fire and medical service in 2017 after the city was no longer able to adequately fund the Newberg Fire Department. The city's voters approved a measure in March 2018 to make the relationship permanent and TVF&R began providing service in July of that year.