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Clark County Fire District 3 levy lid lift on primary ballot

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 28, 2023, 5:56am

Voters will decide Aug. 1 whether to boost Clark County Fire District 3’s levy to hire more staff for a growing district.

The agency is asking voters to lift the levy lid by 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That would cost the owners of a $500,000 house an additional $12.08 per month or $145 per year, according to a news release.

The district cited higher call volumes and more demand, especially for medical services. Hiring additional staff would mean the agency would have three-person engine companies and faster response times, the news release states.

“We don’t control growth, but we have to serve it,” Fire Chief Scott Sorenson said in the news release. “We require additional personnel to keep up with safety requirements to meet the emergency service needs of our community.”

The funds would also go toward renovations at Station 34 in the Rawson Road/Elkhorn/Summer Hills area, technical training for things such as swift water rescues and rope training and equipment replacements, including a fire engine, ambulance and other tools, the news release states.

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