Could fire service stop at the North Bend airport?

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- The City of North Bend is making a counter offer to the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport to continue providing fire service.

The airport and the city have been at odds over how much the airport should pay for the city to continue fire service.

The airport says it doesn't want to pay money for flights that no longer operate.

According to the city, costs to keep the service going are the same regardless of flight schedules.

Terence O'Connor, the North Bend City Administrator, says it's all a balancing act. "What we're trying to do is, we're trying to balance everything," he said. "We're trying to balance our responsiveness and our commitment to the airport district, as well as to the citizens of North Bend."

The airport and the city are within $25,000 in the negotiations.

If an agreement can't be reached by June 30, the city fire service to the airport will be discontinued.