Washington Prop 911 levies

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The District One Proposition 911 is a six-year levy.
ASOTIN COUNTY, WA - "Fifty cents as opposed to 53 cents that the voters approved last year. Three cents less, which is pretty significant," said Asotin County Fire District One Chief Noel Hardin.

This is the first year the fire district's sponsored this levy, taking it off the county's plate. Hardin pointed out it's not often you see taxes going down.

"We're trying to be responsible to the taxpayers as much as we can," said Hardin. "We see an opportunity that we can see some efficiencies there."

The District One Proposition 911 is a six-year levy. Hardin said that's saving money on future elections and it would keep the tax at 50 cents per thousand dollars in property value until 2012. Having a stable levy would allow the district to plan ahead with a consistent budget.

"As the community grows outward we're trying to account for those residential areas that are on the outskirts," said Hardin. "And people who live a little further out of town. Things we can do in those areas to improve services."

Hardin's crew responded to about 800 calls this year with an average four-minute response time. The City of Asotin and the City of Clarkston both have levies on the ballot as well. Clarkston's sits at $1.27 and Asotin's at 40 cents. Clarkston Fire Chief Steve Cooper said their average response time is at four minutes as well and they've gone to 1,400 ambulance calls this year.

"We have an ambulance service that's committed to the residents of Clarkston," said Cooper. "We don't end up with units far out of town or diverted to other service areas. I think the delivery of services to Clarkston is very very strong because of that."

Clarkston's added three paramedics in the last year. If the Clarkston Prop-911 levy passes, he said they hope to continue improving their services.