CANNON BEACH — For years, the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District has looked at ways to get tourists to pay their share for emergency services.

Now city leaders say they may go to voters in November with a tax on food and beverages as a way to target spending by tourists and direct that money back to the fire district. Increasingly, emergency calls from visitors make up the bulk of the fire district’s call load while residents continue to foot the bill.

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A new food and beverage tax in Cannon Beach would be aimed at tourists who use fire district services.

Katie Frankowicz is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact her at 971-704-1723 or