SPOKANE--Homeowners in North Spokane County are being asked to approve a multi-million dollar levy to replace an expiring one for Fire District Nine.
If the new one doesn't pass, the department says it could be forced to cut half its staff. If homeowners say no, District Nine leaders say they’d have to shut down three or five fire stations.
Firefighters in Fire District Nine fear they might not be as powerful a force against fires if the upcoming levy fails.
The replacement levy would bring in $6 million in 2013 and $6.3 million in 2014. Homeowners would pay about $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2013 and $1.77 per $1,000 in 2014. The current levy, which will soon expire, is $1.75 per $1,000.
Homeowners have passed the special levy for the last 24 years, but officials say the "yes" votes have slipped recently.
The levy requires a 60 percent yes vote to pass. Ballots will be sent out Friday, they’re due August 7th.