Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue wants people to vote for a levy that will help pay for the fire departments day to day operations.
The levy which was approved in 2007 gave the fire department 1 dollar and 50 cents for every 1 – thousand dollars of assessed property value. But recently that rate dropped down to 1 dollar and 40 cents per thousand.
Fire Chief John Sinclair says the new levy will help them go back up to 1.50 per thousand which prevents them from missing out on about 280 – thousand dollars.
“Every year we buy a new medic unit. We buy a new fire engine about every eight years so a new fire engine cost us around $450,000 and that’s a base model fire engine," said Sinclair.
Sinclair says a home assessed at 250 – thousand dollars would pay two dollars more a month, if the lift is passed.