Those living in Fire District 9 north of Spokane Valley will be saving themselves some money if they vote for a maintenance-and-operations levy. At least for a little while.
Ballots were sent to District 9 voters last week. Voters are being asked to approve an estimated $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which works out to $260 per year on a $150,000 home. The amount will go up to $1.77 per $1,000 in 2014. The current rate is $1.75 per $1,000.
The levy accounts for about 60 percent of the fire district’s revenue and supports staffing, advanced life support and emergency medical services.
The levy request must pass by a 60-percent supermajority. Also, the election is not valid unless 40 percent of the number of voters who participated in the last general election cast ballots.
If the levy doesn’t pass, district officials have said that five of its nine stations staffed by paid firefighters and paramedics would be reduced by half. That would reduce public safety and likely mean insurance cost increases for district constituents.
An open house on the levy will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Station 91, 616 E. Hastings Road. Another will be held Aug. 4 at Station 95, 3028 W. Strong Road.
For more information, call 466-4602.