LETTER: Loss of levy vote for MCFD1 will hurt

 To the Editor: 

Marion County Fire District #1 wants to thank those who participated in the recent election. Our local option levy was up for renewal, and the outcome was not as we had hoped.

The local option levy accounted for 30% of our revenue to provide emergency services. Its loss means that we have to make cuts to service levels, which includes laying off emergency personnel, taking apparatus out of service, and closing fire stations.

New service levels will take effect on January 1, 2021. We will communicate with you in advance about these cuts, and how it could impact your family and business in an emergency.

These will be very difficult decisions for us to make, and we ask for your understanding in the days and months ahead. Please feel free to contact me with questions at [email protected] or (503) 588-6535.

Kyle McMann

Fire Chief/Paramedic/RN

Marion County Fire District #1