Waldport’s Central Coast Fire and Rescue District has decided that there is something very troubling about its budget. As costs for equipment and supplies rise ever higher, it’s had to cut their personnel because of a limited budget. And there is another fly in the ointment – the national fire insurance rating organization, ISO, has required higher personnel and fire equipment standards to keep fire insurance company premiums down. If that’s not accomplished, homeowners in the fire district are likely to be hit with higher premiums.
As a result, the Central Coast Fire District Board of Directors is taking a page out of Depoe Bay’s plan of not only preserving but actually enhancing their fire fighting capabilities. They’re proposing their own property tax boost – namely $1.27 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Divide your home’s assessed value by 1,000, then multiply that figure by $1.27 to get the proposed annual increase in your property tax bill.
The Depoe Bay Fire District recently raised their tax rate less than that to hire more firefighters who respond to home and business fires along with serious traffic crashes. Central Coast Fire is hoping to get a little bit of “The Depoe Bay Luck” in passing their own measure in May.