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Clark County Fire District 5 may put levy lift on Aug. 2 ballot

By , Columbian staff reporter

The Clark County Fire District 5 Board of Fire Commissioners will consider whether to put a fire levy lid lift on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, in part to pay for more firefighters.

At the board’s Zoom meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 15, commissioners will discuss asking voters to lift the agency’s levy from $1.01 to $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value, according to a news release. The public can comment during the meeting, and the link can be found on ccfd5.org under the meetings tab.

If the issue goes to voters and voters approve the increase, the funding would pay for three new firefighters, including a paramedic, at the new Fire Station 11 in the Orchards-Sifton area beginning in the fall of 2022, the news release states. The agency said the extra staffing will improve response times districtwide.

The agency is also looking to retrofit older stations to ensure they can still operate in case of an earthquake.

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