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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

1998 Fire Bond

On June 24, 1998, the Portland City Council passed and referred the following measure to be decided by voters at the municipal General Election on November 3, 1998. This was amended by the Portland City Council July 1, 1998 as follows:
QUESTION: Shall Portland issue $53,825,000 in general obligation bonds for the purpose of improvement of fire, rescue and emergency facilities? If the bonds are approved, they will be repaid from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of Sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
SUMMARY: This measure would allow Portland to issue bonds and use the money for fire, rescue and emergency facilities, including structural improvements to facilities for compliance with building code and earthquake standards; updating electrical, mechanical and fire/life safety systems; clean-up facilities for hazardous materials and emergencies; accommodations for both male and female members at existing facilities; minor expansion of the 911 Communications Center to accommodate service growth; construction of new facilities and other capital construction and improvements. All of the money will be spent for capital construction and improvements, not for day-to-day operations.