Spokane Valley voters have always been largely supportive of their fire department, and they showed it again on Tuesday.
Voters said “yes” by 74 percent to special levy that will help pay for a new fire station on Barker Road, salaries, equipment, fire engines and other projects for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
The $113 million maintenance-and-operations levy replaces and existing levy and will be in place for the next four years. The rate will be $1.90 per $1,000 in assessed home valuation – a cost of about $380 per year on a $200,000 home.
The levy funds approximately 54 percent of the department’s budget.
There was also good news in Spokane County Fire District 8, which serves the area south of Spokane Valley and the Ponderosa neighborhood. The district received more than 80 percent for its M&O levy, which will raise $7 million over four years.
Newman Lake’s fire department also received strong support with 81 percent of voters saying “yes.” Emergency medical services will be the focus, with supplies and other services now supported for six more years.
Finally, the Orchard Prairie School District, north of the Valley, saw 71 percent support for its levy that will raise $125,000 for two years.