Voters up and down the coast of Lincoln County will be voting on requests for funding from three fire districts and two water districts. North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is asking for a 19-cent per thousand of assessed valuation increase in property taxes to provide a five year operating fund to buy and operate four new tsunami sirens, stipends for five on-call volunteer firefighters for weeknights and weekends, more firefighter protective gear and for hiring a public education and safety compliance officer. Updates to and maintenance for district fire stations are also included.
Further south on Highway 101, the Kernville, Gleneden and Lincoln Beach water company is seeking a 68-cent per thousand assessed valuation increase for five years to replace aging water pipes and to expand system capacity for anticipated new service demands. If this levy fails, water district officials predict they’ll have to either raise water rates or again seek voter approval for a bond election to make the improvements.
Further down 101 in the Seal Rock Water District they’re seeking voter approval for a $15,000,000 property tax backed bond to replace old water lines, and to pay Seal Rock’s portion of the total cost of expensive Toledo water system upgrades. Seal Rock buys their water from Toledo which runs a pipe all the way from Toledo to Seal Rock. The bond issue would also enable the water district to refinance old bonds that can be refinanced at today’s much lower interest rate.
Down the road and over the Alsea Bay Bridge, the Central Coast Fire Protection District is seeking a 25-cent per thousand of assessed valuation override renwal to replace two aging fire engines, two life support units (very advanced ambulances), a three thousand gallon water tanker and other equipment replacements over the next ten years.
And finally, south to Yachats, the fire district there is seeking voter approval to renew a five year local tax override option of 59-cents per thousand of assessed valuation to replace some older vehicles, expand fire/rescue training, buy new fire hose and some small equipment purchases.
Ballots must be in an official voter drop box in a number of sites around Lincoln County, including at the county courthouse in Newport at the southeast corner of the courthouse, at Lincoln City City Hall at their drive up drop box, also in drop boxes at Waldport City Hall, Newport City Hall, Depoe Bay City Hall, and Yachats City Hall. All ballot drop boxes are clearly marked and as long as you get your ballot in the box by 8pm, your vote will be counted!