Rural fire department asking for bond levy

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- The Tri-City Fire Department is looking for financial help, and they're turning to the public to do it.

Department officials have put a bond levy on the May ballot, asking for the funds to build a new fire station.

They say the current station is too small to hold their equipment, and it's not seismically sound or energy efficient.

Mark Garcia, the fire department's secretary, says having room to get ready in a hurry is a big issue. "We need space," he said. "Our property here is very narrow, we can't train locally, and it's very difficult putting on our turnouts while we're trying to get in our apparatus, and that affects response times. So, there's several reasons."

It will be a $2.2 million bond measure over the next 25 years.

It would add 65 cents to every $1,000 of assessed property value.

A similar bond levy was voted down in November, so Garcia says they've scaled back their plans for a smaller project.