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Election Day: Voters to decide on funding for schools, law enforcement and more

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Election Day: Voters to decide on funding for schools, law enforcement and more

EUGENE, Ore. – Local law enforcement, school districts and more are seeking funding through measures in the November election.

Ballots must be turned in at an official drop-off site by 8 p.m. tonight to be counted.

Western Lane Ambulance District is seeking to pass a five-year option levy for services. The first levy was passed in 2012 in response to an increased 911 call volume and need for additional medical staff. The levy costs homeowners 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, which is around $90 each year for a $200,000 home. The levy expires next year unless voters renew it.

Mike Caven, president of Lane Professional Firefighters IAFF-851 which represents the medical workers in the district, said renewing the levy is vital to keeping current levels of service.

“We're not asking for more money or to increase the tax. We're asking to maintain an operational levy that's almost a decade old, and maintain the high level of service that our members provide to the Florence community,” Caven said.

READ ON: VOTERS TO DECIDE ON RENEWING TAX FOR WESTERN LANE AMBULANCE DISTRICT

Meanwhile in Linn County, voters will decide whether to renew a law enforcement levy and raise the amount that gets collected in property taxes each year. The four-year levy that funds much of the Linn County Jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office and juvenile corrections is set to expire next June, according to Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon. 

“We've all experienced the cost of things going up, and we're no different here at the sheriff's office,” Yon said. “But the way that I look at it, for $28 or $40 a year that the increase is, you get to keep all of the services that we provide.”

MORE: LINN COUNTY VOTERS TO DECIDE ON PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

City charter amendments are also showing up on some ballots this year. Corvallis voters are weighing whether the city should amend its charter to remove gender-specific and binary pronouns. There's also a five-year local option tax on the ballot for Benton County area voters that would fund the McDonald Forest Estates Road District. In North Albany, the rural fire protection district is asking voters to approve a five-year levy. 

Two school bonds are on the ballot in Coos County, one to fund repairs and updates in the North Bend School District and one to construct, renovate and improve Coquille School District facilities. 

In Douglas County, some voters will be deciding whether to approve a bond for the Winchester Water Control District.

To find an official drop box site, CLICK HERE, and to check the status of your ballot, CLICK HERE.

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