Hermiston will lose an estimated 4 percent of its annual property tax revenue if fire districts in the city and Stanfield consolidate, according to city officials.
The proposed merger would increase the property tax rate within the current Hermiston Fire District and result in the city losing $191,000 annually, said Mark Morgan, assistant city manager. The Hermiston city council supported the consolidation at its weekly meeting.
The creation of a new district would mean a decrease in the level of service within other city departments, including the police department, city officials said.
The consolidation would mean $92,000 in lost revenue for the police department, $27,000 for Parks and Recreation and a $14,000 cut to the library’s annual budget, Morgan said. The revenue would instead go to the new fire district covering Hermiston and the Stanfield area.
While the proposed district would not cost Hermiston residents more money, it could mean higher tax bills for citizens in surrounding areas, Morgan said. However, Hermiston residents could experience a decrease in fire district service levels.
To view the financial impact the district could have on the Hermiston and Stanfield areas, please visit www.hermiston.or.us.