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CRF&R trying again on bond levy

$15M measure will come before fall voters

Jay Tappan.Columbia River Fire & Rescue has filed a measure for the Nov. 4 general election ballot asking voters if they will approve up to $15 million in general obligation bonds for the agency.

Measure 5-242, as filed Wednesday, Sept. 3, is similar to a measure that was narrowly defeated in the May primary election. The fire district is seeking funds for new equipment, including a fire engine for its Deer Island station, as well as station upgrades in Rainier and at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The bond issue would also allow Columbia River Fire & Rescue to refinance its debt from the construction of the Lee Broadbent Training Center in 2008.

“It’s a lot like what we did last time, but with a few small changes,” said Fire Chief Jay Tappan.

If voters approve the bond issue, the bonds will mature over the course of 21 years or less. The May measure had them slated to mature over a 20-year period.

Thursday was the last day for ballot measures to be filed with the Columbia County Elections Department, according to Pam Benham, the county’s elections official.