Douglas County Fire pushing for homeowners to pay fire service taxes
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Fire District wants homeowners to pay their fair share of taxes for their fire services, and they're asking voters to weigh in.
In May of 2019, voters will decide on a proposal to form a new boundary for the fire district, forcing those who are not paying fire service taxes to do so.
The district's fire chief says that this is costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.
"Things are getting very tight for us," said Rob Bullock, the Douglas County Fire District Chief. "Items we use to provide, such as our rescue team that provides service throughout the country for steep angle and water rescue."
Bullock says the district will still respond to homes not paying for fire services, but says that other departments have taken the stance of not showing up to homes where the owners are not paying those taxes.