THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS GAVE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ON WEDNESDAY, FOR THE FORMATION OF A FIRE DISTRICT THAT WOULD SERVE GRANTS PASS. THE DISTRICT WOULD IMPOSE A PERMANENT DISTRICT TAX RATE OF $2.03 ON $1,000 OF ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE, BUT IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE CURRENT PUBLIC SAFETY LEVY. THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE TO BE PASSED BY VOTERS ON NOVEMBER 5TH.