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Clatsop County voters approve four special district tax levies

Levies for health care, police and rural fire districts

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 15, 2018 8:41PM

Last changed on May 16, 2018 11:12AM

The Clatsop Care Center in Astoria.

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The Clatsop Care Center in Astoria.

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Tax levies for the Clatsop Care Health District, Warrenton Police Department, Lewis and Clark Rural Fire Protection District and Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District all passed Tuesday with some breathing room.

The health district’s five-year, $3 million levy imposes a 23-cent tax per $1,000 of property value, according to the county assessor’s office. It was the closest race among the special district tax levies, but passed with 59 percent of the vote. The district operates three long-term care facilities in Astoria and Warrenton plus an in-home care agency.

Health district officials say the money will go toward upgraded services and technical capabilities — including maintenance at the aging Clatsop Care Center in Astoria, two new buses and expanded treatment services at the memory care facility.

The Lewis and Clark Rural Fire Protection District sought an $887,000 levy, which represents a 20 percent increase from past measures. Revenue will go toward emergency services, employee pay, new fire equipment — like fire helmets and gear — and other operational costs. The levy passed with 61 percent of the vote.

Fire Chief Jeff Golightly said the department would eventually like to purchase a new fire engine and brush truck as well.

The Warrenton police levy is a renewal of a five-year, $895,000 tax option. The tax will cost 28 cents per $1,000 of property value — $56 per year for a $200,000 home — according to the city.

The money will pay for a full-time police officer and partially finance another salary. The funds raised by the levy — which passed with 71 percent of the vote — will help the department keep pace with the growing city, said Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman. He said the department was “humbled by the overwhelming support from our community to pass the levy and maintain our staffing levels.”

The Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District renewed a $5.3 million levy at the same rate as the previous measure. District officials cited funding needs for emergency services, employee pay and fire equipment. The fire district covers 135 square miles of rural area that extends into Clatsop County by Bradley Summit. The levy passed with 60 percent of the vote.

Election results: View results at https://tinyurl.com/ybvujs48



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