Libraries aren’t the only subject of the April 22 special election. Those living in the Newman Lake area will have another chance to approve a bond request to fund a new fire station.
The Newman Lake Fire and Rescue board of commissioners approved the $1.1 million bond issue question, which would be paid back over 20 years, to go before voters within the district’s boundaries. The amount is about half of the $2.25 million request that had previously gone before voters in 2011.
When that vote failed, supporters knew they would have to regroup to get a new station built. The existing station currently does not meet safety standards and has a lack of training facilities, supporters say.
The new proposition would allow Fire District 13 to construct and equip the new station and purchase needed lifesaving and firefighting gear. The cost to taxpayers is estimated at $31 per year per $100,000 in assessed property value.
The vote will need a 60-percent supermajority to pass.
The new fire station would be built to meet current safety standards set for the by the National Fire Protection Association and expected to last at least 50 years. The station would be built on 12 acres of property already owned by the fire department and include classroom space for firefighter training and community use.
The current building has insufficient meeting space and is too small to accommodate modern fire equipment, supporters say. In fact, smaller engines were ordered during the last time they were needed so they would fit in the bay.
Ballots have already been mailed and must be returned to the elections office by the 22nd. They can be left at drop boxes at local libraries or taken to the elections office at 1033 W. Gardner. Ballots may also be dropped off at STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside.
For more election information, visit spokanecounty.org/elections or call 477-2320.