The Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission
Weekly Update June 25, 2018
Good Morning,

Adopted Budgets started arriving at TSCC last week and Corbett Fire District was first. It was followed by budgets from Sauvie Island Fire District, Riverdale Fire District, and Mt. Hood Community College.

In addition to being the first one in, Corbett Fire District is noteworthy for two other reasons.

  1. Corbett Fire is TSCC's newest member; they just rejoined TSCC this year.
  2. This is the first year for the district's new finance person, Heidi Timberman. This was Ms. Timberman's first local government budget and she did a great job.

Corbett Fire District is a volunteer force providing fire protection and emergency response to 40 square miles in East Multnomah County. The service area includes Corbett, Bridal Falls, Springdale, Aims, and the eastern part of Troutdale. They had 534 responses in 2017. The 36 volunteers work out of 3 stations in the area. David Flood is the Fire Chief, a paid part time position. The district's total FY19 budget is $1.3 million, the net budget (expenditures only) is $952,071, and annual property tax revenue is about $460,000. The district has 4 funds.

Craig Gibons
Executive Director
Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission

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