Proposed fee gets thumbs down from MCFD

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes While the proposed public safety communications fee on next month’s ballot is getting strong support from Keizer Fire District’s firefighters, the Marion County Fire District No. 1 board has voted to oppose the measure. Randy Franke, the board president, wrote a letter explaining the board’s position. The unanimous vote came at the board’s September 21 meeting. Reasons included adding taxes during a tough economy and fears that KFD will use the additional resources in its fight to take over the Clear Lake neighborhood of Keizer. A ballot measure may put that question to voters. One reason is we were never consulted,” Franke said, adding that  the lack of communication from supporters in Keizer was “extremely unusual. “And what was the saying of (former President Bill) Clinton’s economic advisor? It’s the economy, stupid,” Franke added. “We’ve got people out of work, giving up looking for work, we see utility disconnections increasing. People are having to make hard decisions.” The move puts the board in direct opposition to the Keizer Fire District board, which has signaled its support. Most of the Keizer City Council has voiced support, and Councilor Mark Caillier is the chair of Keizer Citizens for Safe Neighborhoods, a political action committee formed to support the measure. “The money is set to specifically be used for 911-related costs,” said Caillier, who added he...

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