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Bond Measure #3-466

Why a Bond?
In May of 2015 Clackamas Fire District #1 will have a General Obligation Bond Measure on the ballot.
The proposed general obligation bond has an estimated tax rate of $.10 (ten cents)/$1,000 of assessed value and will bring in approximately $29 million to complete a number of capital projects that will enhance safety and service delivery. The projects that will be directly funded by the bond include:


  • Purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA’s) to ensure firefighter health and safety and remain in line with industry standards.
  • Upgrade outdated communications equipment and infrastructure.

Service Delivery

  • Replace emergency response apparatus including but not limited to fire engines, aerial apparatus, water tenders, light weight rescues and medic units to meet National Fire Protection Association standards.
  • Design, build and equip a fleet maintenance center to repair and maintain our emergency response apparatus.
  • Re-design and replace our Firefighter Training Center complex that was built in 1983.
  • Upgrade and improve community fire stations, facilities and infrastructure.
  • Add and or replace community fire stations to include purchasing land.

Bond Measure #3-466 does not affect residents of Boring Fire District #59.

Background Information

Clackamas Fire District #1 is currently funded by a permanent tax rate of $2.40/$1,000 of assessed value and a general obligation bond that was approved by voters in 2000 at $.11/$1,000.

Due to the annexation of the City of Milwaukie and the City of Oregon City into Clackamas Fire District #1 and the increase in assessed value within the district, voters will notice the current bond rate to be $.06/$1,000.

The current bond will be paid off in June of 2015

Clackamas Fire District #1 is one of the largest fire protection districts in Oregon serving approximately 200,000 citizens within the cities of Damascus, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City and the unincorporated areas of Carver, Beavercreek, Carus, Central Point, Clarkes, Oak Lodge, Redland, South End, Sunnyside and Westwood. The Fire District provides a wide range of services including fire suppression, advanced life support emergency medical care, fire prevention, swift water rescue, hazardous materials response, Community Emergency Response Teams, emergency management, community education and other programs.  The Fire District responds to the communities’ needs from 17 strategically located community fire stations with a workforce of approximately 240 employees and 100 community volunteers.

One of the Fire District’s top priorities is to plan for the replacement of capital assets to include emergency fire apparatus, firefighting and communications equipment, replacement and construction of fleet maintenance and training center facilities, and to make needed improvements to community fire stations and facilities.

To manage these needs and address both safety and service delivery, Clackamas Fire District #1 is seeking voter consideration to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $29 million to fund certain capital projects.


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