Benton Fire District 2 will ask voters in August to renew the levy used to pay for fire service.
The levy rate will remain the same at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
"We've had a levy in place for years," said Chief Ron Duncan. "Every six years it comes up for renewal. It's not a new tax."
And he said it's critical to maintain current operations. The rural fire district covers an 88-square-mile territory that includes Benton City and some surrounding area.
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The election is Aug. 6.
The fire district has about 45 volunteer firefighters and three career firefighters. The district recently was awarded a $1 million federal grant that will allow it to add six more paid firefighters -- three firefighter/paramedics and three firefighter/EMTs -- improving service and response times, Duncan said.
The three-year grant is restricted to personnel use and can't be spent on other costs, Duncan said.
District 2 also has an EMS levy for ambulance service. District voters last year overwhelmingly approved renewing that levy for 10 years; it collects 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.