Fire District 5, which hasn’t had a bond measure approved since the mid-1990s, according to Fire Chief Dan Prater, can likely start shopping for two spanking-new ambulances. Voters in the fire district are approving the measure by a margin of 714 votes to 313 or 69.5 percent to 30.5 percent.
There is a small catch there, though. In order for that bond-measure vote to be certified, the election must draw at least 40 percent of turnout from the most recent general election — the 2012 presidential election, which brought out relatively big numbers.
Prater was feeling pretty positive Tuesday night, as the turnout number was already at 38.1 percent of the past turnout, and no votes have yet to be counted from any of the county’s drop boxes or those mailed in the past couple of days.
“I think it’s the first time we’ve had a bond approval since 1994, so I’m very pleased with that,” said Prater on Tuesday night. “As of right now, we’re very, very happy and pleased and keeping our fingers crossed.”
Prater said he was getting congratulatory text messages from other fire officials in the region.
“They know this was a very big deal for us,” said Prater. “It’s going to help us greatly if it happens. This is the number one need for Fire District 5 — not just us but for the East County EMS system.”