Editorial: Should Bend invest in public safety, or maybe let it slip a bit?

The Bend City Council is expected to vote soon to put a levy on the May ballot for Bend Fire & Rescue.

The current levy is 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The levy renewal request would replace the existing rate at a new rate of 76 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. (In the city limits, the average assessed value of residential properties is about $288,000, Deschutes County Assessor Scot Langton told us.)

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