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Voters Pass Fire Bond Measure

By Lauren Mickler

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the motto at the Junction City Rural Fire Protection District. But it paid off.

Tuesday night, 60 percent of voters passed a measure, giving the district $1.8 million.

The chief says that money is desperately needed to keep basic operations going and keep from laying someone off.

Chief Carl Perry says he’s grateful for every yes vote and he understands why some people voted no.

“We understand that while they support us, they’ve probably pretty much had it with government raising taxes, and what we need to do is prove to the no voters that we’re not wasting their money. We’re truly using it to the best of our ability,” Perry said.

Here’s a look at how the other Lane County measures fared.

The bond proposed by Western Lane Ambulance District passed. It will get about $4.1 million for operating costs.

The measure from Pleasant Hill’s Rural Fire Protection District so far has failed though — 49 percent to 51 percent.

The Dexter Rural Fire Protection District will get the money it asked for to replace its decades-old water tanker, get some new equipment and cover operating expenses.

However, all of these results are unofficial until the county elections office finishes verifying the ballots within the next 20 days.

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