The Deschutes County Commissioners decided to go ahead with a May ballot measure, asking for temporary funding for the 911 District.
Funding for Deschutes County's 911 District expires in June, so Rob Porier, the head of the department asked for a renewal of the temporary levy.
“My recommendation to the Board of Commissioners is to allow the levy go ahead and pursue a five year local tax for another five years. It would be the same .23 cents per $1,000 currently operate with. No increase whatsoever.”
Currently taxpayers pay 39 cents per $1000 in assessed property value. 16 cents is a permanent levy, 23 cents is the temporary levy. Both levies are needed to fund the department.
Last May a permanent tax rate of 39 cents was voted down by voters.
If the temporary levy isn't renewed, it's possible fire and police department would have to charge user fees.