Benton County EMS levy gets mixed results

Voters in two Benton County fire districts were split about paying for ambulance services with an EMS levy.

Benton Fire District 2 in Benton City saw 82 percent of its voters saying "yes" to a replacement levy. The 10-year levy costs 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value; it is expected to collect $174,000 each year.

The unofficial results mean the fire district will be able to continue running the ambulance service that residents in Benton City have depended on for more than 64 years.

It was a different story, however, for Benton Fire District 6 in Paterson. As of Tuesday night, the fire district's EMS levy had just 34 percent of the "yes" vote. A majority vote is needed to pass.

The rural fire district that covers the southern part of Benton County was hoping to expand its ambulance service to provide advanced life-support services. The district will continue to run its ambulance with basic life-support service.