Two Benton County fire districts are turning to voters in August with measures they say will save lives.
Commissioners in districts 1 and 4 approved putting the measures on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot.
Fire District 1 wants voters to sign off on a property tax increase of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
The $850,000 the measure would raise each year would pay for two ambulances and their crews.
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The district serves 17,800 people across Finley, Rancho Reata, Badger Mountain and a small section in the center of Kennewick.
District 1 relies on the Kennewick and Richland fire departments for ambulance service.
That puts wait times ranging from 7 1/2 minutes in east Kennewick to 16 minutes in south Finley.
If passed, the levy would expire in 2023 and would need another vote to be continued.
Fire District 4, which serves the 17,000 people in and around West Richland, wants a property tax increase of 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
The money would go toward a $7.5 million bond for a new three-bay fire station in the western part of the district.
The wait time there can reach nearly 17 minutes, officials said..