Fire district serving West Richland area asking voters to renew levy
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A permanent levy to continue funding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for a fire protection district serving areas of West Richland will be up for vote again in August.
The Benton County Fire Protection District No. 4 said in a news release Friday that the provision will be on the August primary ballot and would never expire, as long as it gets a super majority to pass.
The super majority vote would require 61 percent of the votes to be in favor.
However, if the levy is not passed the Benton County Fire Protection District says they could lose $600,000 in their annual budget.
Which the Benton County Fire chief told KEPR could also account for about for five employees.
The fire district says their calls increased by more than 50 percent in the last six years. The district also says the levy has allowed them to staff another station which has helped reduce their ambulance response times by three minutes on average.
The rate of the levy on homeowners would not change according to the news release. The current 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value would remain the same.