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City, district move ahead with fire station bond

The city of John Day and the John Day Rural Fire District are moving toward a May 20 vote on a new fire station.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on February 18, 2014 3:29PM

JOHN DAY – The City of John Day and John Day Rural Fire District are moving ahead with their plan to ask voters May 20 to approve bonds for a new fire station.

Both jurisdictions are publishing ballot titles for the bond requests in this week’s Blue Mountain Eagle.

They are seeking to issue a total of $1.2 million in bonds to build a fire station to replace the aging building on Dayton Street.

If approved, landowners in both the city and rural district would pay 35.5 cents per $1,000 property valuation for the project.

Although the tax rate is the same throughout for individual owners, the ballot titles list different totals for each jurisdiction’s share of the total project. John Day is seeking to issue $655,000 in bonds and the rural district would issue $550,000. Those amounts are based on the assessed value of each district.

If the ballot titles go through a review period, to Feb. 24, without challenge, the measures will go on the primary ballots.

This is the second effort to get to the ballot with a fire station measure. A joint proposal was headed to a vote last November when officials learned they needed separate ballot titles – one for each jurisdiction – to proceed.


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