Day: February 24, 2012

Keizer city councilors comments on annexation measures

Brandon Smith A YES vote on both measures will result in lower taxes for the residents of Clear Lake and increased service for everyone in Keizer.  The decision decades ago to have Marion County serve the undeveloped area of North Keizer may have made sense at the time, but the situation has changed.  After many months of written and oral testimony, conversations with residents, and multiple lawsuits filed by Marion County Fire District (with most dismissed), I’ve come to the conclusion it is in the best interest of ALL Keizer residents to be served by one fire service provider – Keizer Fire District.   I’ll be voting YES for Keizer Fire District on March 13. David McKane After two, maybe three, public hearings on this issue and much written testimony I am not convinced this action is necessary to increase or even maintain the level of fire protection and ambulance service in the city of Keizer.  Today two separate fire protection services have dedicated assets that protect Keizer.  I would argue we also have the assets of all of Marion County Fire District #1 behind us as well. If Marion County is expelled from Keizer I actually believe the assets we have available to us today are diminished. The argument of  “let Keizer be Keizer” is very parochial and does not take into account how this action will negatively...

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Annexation

To the Editor: I have heard people talk about ‘Keizer takes care of Keizer’ and ‘Keizer serving Keizer’ regarding the fire service and the March 13 election.  What is most important to me is getting prompt fire and emergency medical service when needed.  That will only happen if things stay the way they are!  Two fire districts working together in a time of need.  Vote no on measures 24-325 and 24-326. Christine Fryman...

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No on measures 24-325 & 24-326

To the Editor: Please join me, a Clear Lake resident, in voting no on Measures 24-325 and 24-326 on March 13. I have read both sides, listened to both fire chiefs, watched the arguments on both sides of the coin and here are my conclusions, concerns and questions: Seven hundred signatures, including mine, were already gathered in Clear Lake that wanted to keep Marion County Fire District #1 as our responders. Marion County Fire District #1 would lose $500,000 annually and six very hard working, well-trained  and highly capable firefighters would be without an income in an already tight economy. A city can not annex for a service that it does not already provide for from what I understand. Why is this to be a citywide vote if the only ones truly affected  are Clear Lake residents?  The Clear Lake residents should have a separate vote. If passed, it would open the door for other hostile takeovers. It sounds to me like Keizer Fire has gotten in over their heads “money-wise” and they are looking anyplace they can to make up for it, even if it means taking food out of the mouths of six families. Keizer Fire keeps saying that if they take over Clear Lake, it would have an ambulance 24 hours.  Marion County Fire District #1 already does this…so what change would this be? The whole argument about taxes makes no sense to me.  Clear Lake residents...

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If it isn’t broken…

To the Editor: Both the Keizer Fire District and the Marion County Fire District provide excellent service to the city of Keizer.  It seems the argument to remove Marion County Fire District from Keizer has been reduced to the argument that taxes paid by Keizer residents should stay in Keizer.  This is a parochial and flawed argument.  As a resident of Keizer I pay taxes to many special service districts.  The two that come to mind the quickest are the Salem/Keizer School District and the Salem/Keizer Transit District.  It is ridiculous for me to insist that every dollar I pay to these two service districts be spent in Keizer.  Both districts provide services to Keizer and I trust their respective administrations to manage their business. Keizer is not an island.  We have the responsibility to make decisions that do not adversely affect others in our region.  Taking taxes away from Marion County Fire District will hinder their ability to provide services to the rest of their fire district. And if Marion County is expelled from Keizer I believe the fire protection assets we have available to us today are diminished. The Keizer City Council chose to have a city election and let the voters decide who should provide fire protection services to north Keizer.  I respect that decision.  But I also know this is a complicated matter. What are...

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Keizer’s safety

To the Editor: Keizer will be safe no matter who wins the annexation election. I believe Keizer will be safer if the Keizer Fire District is allowed to service all of Keizer. If the vote is yes, there will be three full-time ambulances serving Keizer: Marion County Fire District #1 will have one at its Brooks station, and Keizer will have one at the main station and one on Wheatland Road. Currently, the Keizer Fire District has one ambulance 24/7 and one 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Marion County District #1 has one ambulance either at the Wheatland Road station or at the Brooks station depending on where it is needed. To imply Keizer will not be safe is a gross misrepresentation. Bill Quinn...

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