State may weigh in on Keizer’s fire fight

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The state legislature is likely to review the city of Keizer’s role in Keizer Fire District’s proposed annexation of the Clear Lake neighborhood. As far as the city of Keizer and Keizer Fire District are concerned, the city has the right to determine who will provide service within its boundaries. Marion County Fire District No. 1 officials respond that the city’s actions are unprecedented and possibly illegal. They have a possible ally in state Rep. Brian Clem, whose suburban Salem district includes portions of MCFD’s territory. “Separate from the specific outcome of this Keizer election, it’s important for the legislature to clarify this can never happen again,” said Clem, a Democrat in the Oregon House of Representatives. Clem said he disagrees with the method the city is using to withdraw territory from MCFD, then ask voters whether they want to be part of KFD. “My fear is we will find other fire districts, other parks districts, other sewer districts, saying, ‘let’s pull a Keizer’ and get some city to help us infringe on our neighbor and create a lot of animosity and chaos statewide like we’re seeing between these two fire districts,” Clem said. Rep. Kim Thatcher, a House Republican who represents Keizer, has not taken a position on the issue. She wasn’t available for comment. “I think the legislature should stay out...

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