Voters more generous with proposal to raise sewer rates

The Estacada Fire District must be beginning to wonder what it takes to convince Estacada voters that it needs an improved fire station.

In early election results released at 8 p.m. Friday, district voters appear to be turning down a scaled-down version of an earlier bond. In those early results, 1,773 voters (or 53.5 percent) were saying no to the $4.5 million bond. There were 1,543 (46.5 percent) in support of the bond.

A similar, but a more costly $5.6 million bond, was defeated by 13 votes in an earlier election.

Fire Chief Bob Morrisey was not available for comment Tuesday evening.

While voters were saying no to the fire district bond, they appeared more generous on a proposal to increase sewer rates to fund improvements of the city of Estacada's waste water treatment plant.

Passage of the rate increase will fund improvements that will bring the facility up to state standards, and avoid costly mandates.

The fee increase was passing with 399 yes votes (52 percent) to 369 no votes (48 percent).

Election results are not final. The Estacada News will update these numbers as they are made available.

We mistakenly attributed a quote to Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey in this story. We remedied that mistake by removing the quote. The Estacada News deeply regrets the error.

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