La Pine's 5-year fire district levy passes; Voters approve by a wider margin than in 2013

  • Source: Bend Bulletin - Metered Site
  • Published: 05/15/2018 11:50 PM

La Pine voters renewed the five-year levy to operate the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District. The levy passed in Tuesday’s election by a wider margin than the previous one in 2013, which won approval with 84 percent of the vote. The rate will remain 64 cents per $1,000 of the assessed value of a person’s property. The current levy provides funding for two full-time paramedic units, one firefighter on duty at all times and operation of the district’s three stations — Huntington, Burgess/Day and S. Century Drive. The district employs 22 career firefighter-paramedics and 12 volunteer student “resident/scholarship” firefighters, who represent four additional people on duty per shift. The students attend Central Oregon Community College and upon graduation, are hired around the Pacific Northwest, according to Chief Mike Supkis.


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