Talks of new fire district

Grants Pass, Ore. — There’s talks of a new fire district in Grants Pass. The proposed change could impact funding, but won’t stop firefighters from protecting homes.

“Really what triggered this was council looking at ways of providing quality services in the most efficient and effective way possible,” Aaron Cubic said. Cubic is the city manager of Grants Pass and said the idea to create a fire district comes after evaluating the needs of the public.

“Later this month, the city council will be able to look at the feasibility study, look at that and we’ll have our consultant also present and be able to ask any questions in regards to that feasibility study,” Cubic said.

The feasibility analysis covers the financial aspect, the formation, the service level, as well as the transition that would occur if a district were to be formed. If a fire district is formed, not much would change for residents. They’d still get service when the needed it, but the way in which that service is paid for may be different.

“It would provide for permanent funding solutions to part of our public safety services that we currently provide,” Cubic said.

As far as location, the city of Grants Pass said potential locations for the fire district will be within Grants Pass city limits. They also said the project would not be an expansion outside the city.

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