By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The Keizer Fire Board pondered an almost twofold increase in its local option levy at its meeting Tuesday, May 21.
If the board acts on the recommendation from its Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), it would mean that a homeowner with a $250,000 house would pay $147.50 per annum instead of the current $87.50. Residents of the Keizer Fire District would get the opportunity to vote on the increase in November if the board approves a motion to place the levy on the ballot.
“(The increase) would improve the level of service and coverage of a medic unit, improve fire response staffing, hire two additional paramedics and solidify our long-range sustainable funding for the next five years,” said Chief Jeff Cowan of Keizer Fire District.
Fire district officials assembled an advisory committee that looked over the options for renewing the KFD local option levy in April. Cowan said four possibilities were considered:
• No renewal of the levy.
• A renewal at the current rate of 35 cents per $1,000.
• An increase to 49 cents.
• An increase to 59 cents.
The first two options would leave the district with immediate budget shortfalls and the third would allow them to maintain the status quo. Only the fourth would allow the district to improve services, Cowan said.
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