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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Fire Districts Seek Levy for Ambulance Service

Permanent levy would apply to all Columbia County property tax payers


March 15, 2018

DAYTON—Columbia County is currently one of only four counties in the state without an emergency medical services levy. That could change if a proposed ambulance levy is approved by voters in August. The levy would add 50 cents per $1,000 assessed value to county property tax rates in 2019.

The proposed levy would affect all property taxpayers in Columbia County, including those in Fire Districts 1, 2 and 3. Fire District 2 residents in Walla Walla County would not be affected.

A supermajority of 60% yes votes is required to pass the levy. If passed, the levy will raise a projected amount...

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