Most families assume a frantic call to 911 will bring an ambulance to an emergency scene. But ambulance service may stop completely by 2014 for citizens who live or work within the Franklin County Fire District 3 . Unless voters approve an adjustment to their existing tax levy, the district will have no more funds to pay for ambulance services. The loss of ambulance services will have a profound effect on your children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, friends and neighbors living within the district's boundaries.
Citizens in the district already pay a levy for firefighting. It is collected as part of their tax bill. The fire district is using reserve funds to provide ambulance service in 2013 but will not continue in 2014. Rising costs mean we must approve the levy lift or we simply can't afford to keep ambulance service.
On Aug. 14, residents of the district will meet to discuss how a proposed levy lift can keep ambulance services in the community. The meeting, open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. at Columbia Valley Grange at Road 64 and Court Street in west Pasco. For more information call Ron Anderson, 509-521-7509, or Bruce LePage, 509-547-6015.
RONALD ANDERSON, Pasco