MCFD1 needs bond approval to avoid gutting budget

The Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) board of directors passed a resolution asking voters to renew the local option levy for emergency services during the November 3 general election — the levy accounts for nearly 30% of the district’s funding for emergency services.

The levy will be at a rate of $0.71 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a five-year period, which is the same rate as it was from 2016 to 2020.

This decision comes after MCFD1 had asked voters to increase the levy by $0.28 on the May ballot for the primary election for the communities of Four Corners, Middle Grove, Pratum, Macleay, Brooklake, Clearlake, Labish Center and Chemeketa College Station.

However, the ballot measure was not approved, which meant the entire levy failed for the July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 fiscal year, which was a striking blow for the district.