Riggs for council

Voting for Josefina Riggs for Redmond City Council means a vote for the person who has a unique depth of understanding of the population that lives near the poverty line and needs to be represented in conversations impacting the quality of life of this city. We hear this phrase in a number of circles; “We need more affordable housing.” That statement is meaningless unless it is framed as part of the conversation surrounding the financial reality of the people at the center of such a reference. Josefina has a wealth of firsthand knowledge concerning financial situations of those who work minimum wage jobs and struggle to “make ends meet.” We need her voice to represent the needs of homeless, the handicapped, the elderly and the immigrant members of our community. Please vote for Josefina Riggs to represent the rest of us as a member of the Redmond City Council.

— Gloria Olson, Redmond

Yes on CRR fire levy

On Nov. 6, residents of Crooked River Ranch are being asked to support the renewal of the operations levy for the CRR Fire District, #16-91. The current operations levy was originally approved for 69 cents per $1,000 assessed value and went in effect on July 1, 2004. The levy was renewed twice without increasing the amount requested. With excellent fiscal management of the district, we were able to keep the same amount for the past 13 years. During this time, we were able to save money toward the purchasing of new apparatus and other equipment, the repair of older equipment, plus the repairs made on the facility, and at the same time continue with the highly trained and quick response of our paramedics, firefighters and EMTs.

In August 2018, the fire district board voted to refer the amount of 89 cents per $1,000 to the voters of CRR, an increase of 20 cents per $1,000 on assessed value. If the levy passes on the November ballot, this will replace the current assessment. This new increase would enable the fire district to maintain the current staffing levels required to meet the increasing call volume. It would also fund capital equipment purchases to replace obsolete equipment and perform needed maintenance and upgrades to our facilities. While some of our funds go towards PERS, this new request is not dedicated to just PERS alone as falsely been stated.

Should the levy fail, the fire district response services would continue to be a top priority, however emergency responder staffing levels may be decreased and response time may increase to emergency calls. The district would also not be able to fund much needed equipment. Other reductions within the budget would also be reduced.

Presently, there are no plans for the district to hire new personnel. We would continue to rely on our volunteers to provide the level of service we currently provide.

As a member of the CRR Fire Board for 8 years and a current member of the support group and past president of the CRR Fire Auxiliary for 10 years, I encourage residents of Crooked River Ranch to support this new levy request when voting November 6.

— Kay Norberg, Crooked River Ranch

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