- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Voters in Hermiston and Stanfield will once again decide the fate of their fire districts.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/drh5kM ) that the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to place a proposed merger of the cities’ fire districts on the May ballot. The proposal would establish a permanent tax rate of $1.75 per $1,000 of assessed property value to create Umatilla County Fire District No. 1.

Stanfield voters in November 2015 approved a plan to create the new district, but voters in Hermiston shot the plan down. The rate was $2 per $1,000 at that time.

The County commissioner’s approval comes after public hearings about the issue.

Voters will need to pass measures to dissolve both districts and then approve a measure to form and fund a new district.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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