Benton Fire District 2 levy appears to pass

August 6, 2013 

— Benton City-area voters appear to be approving Benton Fire District 2’s maintenance and operations levy request.

Nearly 69 percent of the votes counted so far, or 659 votes, are in favor of the levy, according to Tuesday’s initial results.

A simple majority is needed to pass the measure.

The district is asking citizens to restore an expiring levy that voters approved about six years ago. If the levy is approved, the district would collect up to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

That’s $150 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Benton Fire District 2 also has a 50 cents per $1,000 emergency medical services levy that voters approved in 2012.

Tuesday’s count includes ballots turned in up to about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The rest of the ballots will be counted starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, with updated results reported at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day until the count is complete.

Primary election results will be certified on Aug. 20.

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