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Voters approve two tax measures

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Both rural fire district tax measures were approved during Tuesday’s special election.

Those in the Warrenton Rural Fire Protection District (outside city limits) approved the five-year local option tax for general operations 190 to 90, or a 68 percent approval rating.

Those in the Gearhart Rural Fire Protection District (outside city limits) approved a similar five year tax by a margin of 310 to 226, or 58 percent of the vote.

The Warrenton measure is expected to raise $56,000 per year for five years beginning with the 2021-22 fiscal year. It replaces a tax set to expire June 30, 2021. Warrenton’s rural district contracts with the city for fire protection and emergency medial services.

The Gearhart measure is expected to raise $135,800 during its first fiscal year, 2020-21. Gearhart’s rural district contracts with the city of Gearhart.

The two measures were the only items on the Nov. 5 ballot in Clatsop County.


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