Franklin Fire District 3's levy lid lift to pay for ambulance service was passing by just over 65 percent Tuesday night.
The measure had 566 yes votes to 303 no votes.
The measure will raise what residents are charged in the 150-square-mile district to $1.50 per $1,000 property value. That's 32 cents per $1,000 more than the current rate. The proposition needed a 50 percent plus one vote majority to pass.
The proposed increase would cost property owners $150 a year for a $100,000 home, or $32 more a year on the same home than they're paying with current levy rate.
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The district said the additional revenue would go toward ambulances, medical supplies, equipment, training and pay for firefighters, who are also emergency medical technicians.
Benton Fire District 1
In Benton Fire District 1's levy lid lift was narrowly passing 1,183, or 52 percent, to 1,072, or 47 percent.
Folks living within the unincorporated areas of south Kennewick, Finley, Tri-City Heights, El Rancho Reata, Tripple Vista and Badger Canyon were asked to approve a levy lid lift back to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current tax rate sits at $1.38.
For a $200,000 home, this would increase the homeowner's tax bill by $24 for the first year. The levy lid lift extends for six years.
The way the measure is written, it allows for an increase of up to 6 percent each year for the next five years if necessary, but the tax will never rise above the original $1.50 per $1,000 level.
"It's going to be close," said Grant Baynes, district's administrative chief. "I don't have good enough experience to know if that holds up. I will be anxious to see it tomorrow. I think it will be one of the ones we'll have to watch until the end."
Franklin Fire District 4
In Franklin Fire District 4, a levy for operations and facility improvements was passing by 68 percent.
"It gives me a feeling of relief," said District 4 Chief Steve Cooper. "We have been struggling financially trying to figure out how we can get things done with what we have. We have been siphoning off reserve account for years. It feels really good."
Benton County's results include some ballots received Tuesday. Both counties will count more ballots Wednesday. Election results will be certified Nov. 26.
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