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Fire truck tax goes to GB voters

The city of Gold Beach will ask voters in November to approve a 27-cent property tax increase to replace a fire truck.

The property tax would raise $60,000 for seven years and could cause property taxes to increase more than 3 percent as is limited under state law.

Currently, citizens in Gold Beach pay $10.36 per $1,000 in property taxes, including the 59 cents per $1,000 collected by the county.

Fire trucks have an average useful life of 25 years, and the one the city has is in need of replacement.

Trucks of this sort typically cost between $400,000 and $700,000.

The Gold Beach-Wedderburn Rural Fire Protection District, to which the city of Gold Beach is contracted for fire protection services, will contribute $100,000 toward the purchase. Combined with revenue garnered from the property tax, the total would be $520,000.

 The county decided Wednesday to place a separate property tax increase request of $1.35 per $1,000 on the November ballot, and the city of Port Orford also has a measure asking voters for $1.90 per $1,000 — an increase of 59 cents — to renew the current tax that provides police protection. Property owners there currently pay a total property tax of $11.43 per $1,000.

County Commissioner David Brock Smith has noted in the past that the more tax measures on any given ballot, the odds of any passing decrease.

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