To the Editor:

On November 5, 2013 the Keizer Fire District board of directors will ask the voters to approve a five year local option level to fund the ongoing operation of the district. The amount we have proposed is 59 cents per $1,000 of valuation. This is an increase of 24 cents over the current in-place levy.

The Keizer Fire District board of directors pulled together 26 community leaders to seek their advice on whether or not we should proceed with asking voters for a new operating levy. By majority vote, all 26 encouraged us to proceed to ask voters for help meeting increased demands on the services we provide.

Fire and emergency services are critical to our community. Even with a 9 percent increase in emergency calls in the beginning of 2013, Keizer Fire was able to respond in less than six minutes 95 percent of the time. This new levy will allow us to maintain this level of service by staffing a second ambulance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fire and medical emergencies are always happening to someone else. However, when it is my time of need I want to be sure that professional emergency service providers are available to respond in a timely manner. Isn’t that important to you also?

I encourage you to vote YES on Measure 24-353, Keizer Fire District Local Option Levy.

Greg Ego,
President, Keizer Fire District
Board of Directors