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Voters pass levy expected to raise $1.73 million through 2024-25 by 20-point margin

The Hubbard Fire District's proposed 5-year local option levy was approved by voters Tuesday, May 19, passing with 60% of the vote as of Wednesday morning.

FILE PHOTO - Hubbard Fire DistrictMeasure 24-444 is expected to raise approximately $1.73 million through 2024-25 by costing district residents 99 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For an average residential property in the district valued at $162,400, the cost amounts to $161 a year or $13.40 a month.

With 42.18% of eligible voters turning out for the Tuesday election, the levy passed with 297 votes in favor and 198 votes in opposition.

The levy will allow the district to hire two additional full-time career firefighters, doubling the district's total to four. That would allow the district to ensure full staffing at all hours — currently weekend, night and holiday coverage is provided by volunteer firefighters.

Levy funds will go toward maintenance expenses, such as replacing tires on existing fire vehicles, replacing aging fire hose and protective gear, testing of self-contained breathing apparatus, update of emergency medical equipment and more.

The levy will allow the district to enter into agreements with neighboring fire districts for automatic dispatch of back-up coverage for all emergency incidents.

Fire District Voting

Fire districts around the state saw voters approve levys and taxes in support of existing or expanded coverage.

• Albany — 75.07%

• Amity — 73.47%

• Canon Beach — 60.43%

• Evans Valley — 75.19%

• Echo — 60.53%

• Marion County — 46.66%

• Redmond — 65.69%

• Stayton — 53.72%

• West Valley — 58.82%

• Vernonia — 54.37%

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