TALENT — Voters in November turned down Fire District No. 5's request for funding to purchase new equipment, so the district will use a lease-purchase agreement to finance a new $450,000 fire engine.
Voters turned down a 10-year, $1.8 million bond levy request that would have provided three new engines and other equipment. The measure was defeated by a 52-48 percent margin.
While the defeat means the equipment will cost a bit more and other purchases will be put off indefinitely, at least one opponent of the November measure was pleased.
"It's pleasant to hear that they plan to stay within their budget," said Bill Robertson, a former district board member who campaigned against the bond measure.
A new engine will allow the district to move a 1995 unit out of the first-response category. The district serves Talent, Phoenix and rural areas in southern Jackson County from stations in the two cities and near Emigrant Lake.
"Everything else is still on the wish list with no real plans for being able to acquire it at least within the next three to four years," said district board President Dan Gregory.
— Tony Boom
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