The Feb. 12 special election ballot isn’t especially crowded, but there are issues of importance to local fire and school districts.
And, as always, ballots need to be in the mail sooner rather than later.
First up, the Spokane Valley Fire Department is looking to approve a $113 million maintenance and operations levy. Salaries, new fire engines, a maintenance facility and a new Barker Road fire station are at stake.
The replacement levy would spread the cost over four years. It would cost those in the fire district $1.90 per $1,000 assessed valuation, an increase of 10 cents over current $1.80 levy rate.
Fire District 8, which serves the south Spokane Valley area, is also looking to pass an M&O levy to be collected over the next four years. It, too, is a replacement for an existing levy at 50 cents per $1,000 property valuation.
The Newman Lake Fire Department has a proposition to continue its emergency medical services property tax levy, also at 50 cents per $1,000 in property valuation, for the next six years.
Finally, the Orchard Prairie School District north of the Valley is asking for voters to approve a proposition to finance educational programs and operational expenses. The replacement levy would be for two years and be set at $1.17 per $1,000 in assessed valuation in 2020 and $1.14 for 2021.
Ballots should be mailed before midnight Tuesday or dropped off at local libraries.
A voter service center will be open at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday..