Responding to Today's (and Tomorrow's) Needs
TVF&R Receives Superior Credit Rating; Prepares to Sell Voter-Approved Bonds
(5/17/11 press release)
Bond Measure 34-133 was approved by voters in
TVF&R's service area in November 2006.
This $77.5 million bond will be paid over 20 years. The average cost to the typical homeowner was approximately $14/year for the first two years, and approximately $29/year over the life of the bond. The bond is funding improvements throughout TVF&R's entire service area.
In 2006, the capital improvement projects below were identified as critical to maintaining and improving our service to our communities for the next 50 years. Before initiating, each project is evaluated to ensure it remains critical to our long-term operation and is a wise investment of taxpayer monies. By bundling projects and taking advantage of low property and contract prices during the economic downturn, the District has maximized our community’s investments.
- Rebuild Existing Stations
Several TVF&R stations - built before the 1960s – have had safety concerns or
are unable to house modern firefighting apparatus. To date, the bond has rebuilt fire stations in: West Linn (2), Progress, Tigard, West Slope and Wilsonville (nearly complete). An application has been submitted to build a fire station in
- Build Additional Fire Stations
The decision to build and staff a fire station is based on many factors – incident data, population growth, and the needs and resources of the greater community. Concerns over increasing response times in North Tigard, warranted building Fire Station 50 in 2009. The District has also taken steps to prepare for a fire station in North Bethany should the need exist in the future.
- Purchase Emergency Response Apparatus
Over 33 units will be purchased over the life of the bond to help ensure timely and reliable response in all communities served by TVF&R.
- Correct Operational and Safety Deficiencies at Fire Stations
TVF&R's older stations have operational deficiencies and need seismic reinforcement to help ensure that firefighters can serve the community following an earthquake or other major emergency. To date, completed station upgrades include: South Beaverton and Tualatin. Future upgrades are planned at stations in Wilsonville, Rock Creek/Somerset, and Cooper Mountain.
- Relocate TVF&R's Command and Business Operations Center
On October 25th, 2011, TVF&R’s new Command and Business Operations Center opened for business at 11945 SW 70th in Tigard. The new central location allows the District to better serve its community, nine partner cities, and other government agencies. In addition, the new site provides direct access to the regional transportation system and space to support both current and future command and business operations.
- Purchase Land
The bond has enabled the District to purchase land in Tigard, North Bethany and Aloha. Land purchased in Tigard was utilized to site a new fire station, while land in Bethany and Aloha can be used for new fire stations when needed based on future development. The District also expects to purchase land on the southwest side of Bull Mountain for a future fire station.
Current capital improvement projects
Completed capital improvement