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A yes vote for safety is a worthy investment

Measure 34-133 (Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Levy)

Not to be confused with the Washington County safety levy, Measure 34-133 assures that Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue will be able to continue to provide almost all eastern and central Washington County with affordable and effective emergency medical and fire response that meets the demands of the future.

This measure is critical to King City and Tigard as well as many other contracted areas, where the TVF and R services are considered by most as the best in the state of Oregon.

In 2005 fire district's roughly 300 paid firefighters and 100 volunteers responded to 31,000 emergency calls to provide care and safety.

On Nov. 7, voters have the opportunity to invest yet again to preserve the level of safety, emergency preparedness and quality of care they have become accustomed to by voting 'yes' on Ballot Measure 34-133.

The measure would pay for the replacement of aging fire trucks and other emergency response equipment; the construction of two new fire stations in high growth areas like Tigard; modernization and safety improvements at aging existing stations; the construction of new stations to replace obsolete ones; construction of a new command and training center and acquisition of land for future stations.

If approved the $77.5 million bond measure would be funded by taxpayers over 20 years. The tax would cost property owners initially about 7 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation and 11 cents per $1,000 per $1,000 assessed value for most of the bond term.

Because the district is spread over a large geographic area, costs to individual taxpayers are well within reason. If passed the measure would cost the owner of a home valued at $200,000 about $14 per year in the first two years of the measure and approximately $29 per year for the remaining 18 years of the bond.

This is clearly an investment in the long-term quality of life for those who are served by the TVF and R. We urge a 'yes' vote on Measure 34-133.