Deschutes 911 levy town halls set

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 12:43 PM PDT April 1, 2013    UPDATED: 12:43 PM PDT April 1, 2013 
BEND, Ore. -

Deschutes County commissioners approved placement of the Deschutes 9-1-1 Local Option Levy renewal on the May 21 ballot. The current local option levy for $0.23/$1,000 (twenty-three cents per $1,000 assessed value) expires on June 30, 2013.

This new local option levy reduces the current rate and extends funding for another five years. No new taxes are proposed. Four Town Hall question-and-answer events will be held in La Pine, Redmond, Sisters and Bend in April and May.

A combination of the following Deschutes 9-1-1 officials will be in attendance at the Town Hall events: Deschutes 9-1-1 Director Rob Poirier, Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton, Deschutes County Commissioners Tammy Baney, Alan Unger and Tony DeBone; and Bend Police Chief Jeff Sale.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11-Bend

5 to 6:30 p.m. Deschutes 9-1-1 Offices, 20355 Poe Sholes Dr.

Tours, presentation and Q&A session

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 16-La Pine

5 to 6:00 p.m. La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way.

Presentation and Q&A session

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23-Redmond

5 to 6:00 p.m. Redmond Fire Hall, 341 NW Dogwood Ave.

Presentation and Q&A session

 

THURSDAY, May 2-Sisters

5 to 6:00 p.m. Sisters City Council Chambers, 520 E. Cascade Ave.

Presentation and Q&A session

On Monday, March 18, the Commissioners considered and approved reducing the Levy rate by three cents, to 20 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

This revision reduces the May 21 Local Option Levy tax rate with by 3 cents  in what taxpayers currently pay for 9-1-1 emergency communication services ($72 per year instead of $78 per year for a property worth $200,000. The $72 figure includes the 9-1-1 permanent tax rate). The revised .20 cent per $1,000 9-1-1 Local Option Levy, that renews services for five years, will appear on the May 21 voter’s ballot.

It is the mission of Deschutes County 9-1-1 to provide prompt assistance in a caring, resourceful and professional manner. Agency dispatchers provide certified advanced emergency medical help and are capable of delivering immediate patient care over the phone. Along with local law enforcement and fire agencies, Deschutes 9-1-1 is a vital organization that helps ensure a solid public safety foundation that can significantly contribute to economic development efforts in Deschutes County.

To learn more about Deschutes County 9-1-1 and the 9-1-1 Local Option Levy, please visit deschutes.org/911 or call (541) 388-0185. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Deschutes911.