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Voters once again support Scappoose fire levy

Despite voters throughout the county shooting down money measures, the Scappoose Fire District was successful in renewing its levy.

Scappoose residents voted to renew the Scappoose Rural Fire District levy to retain current personnel and to purchase and upgrade equipment, including an old ambulance.

'We're going to continue on doing what we're doing,' Fire Chief Mike Greisen said. 'We're doing survival mode for five more years.'

Garnering nearly 63 percent of votes, the measure will renew the fire departments 94 cent levy, which has been around through two votes and 10 years.

'I think this passed because it's a renewal,' Greisen said. 'There's no change; there wasn't a new tax.'

In addition to updating the department's more than 11-year old ambulance, the levy will also enable the department to retain its level of staffing. The district currently has three paid personnel.

'We're frugal with our spending,' Greisen said. 'We're really, really conscientious about how we spend our money and we try to save.'