Ocosta Fire District 14 EMS levy request on ballot… again

After falling five votes short of enough YES votes to validate its Emergency Medical Services levy request in the Aug. 26 Primary Election, Grays Harbor Fire District 14 in Ocosta has resubmitted the proposition and it appears on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

The district is asking for authorization to levy upon the regular taxable property within the district, in addition to the regular levy, the sum of $94,000, or approximately 90 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for collection in 2014 for the provision of emergency medical care and ambulance services.

This excess levy would replace the current levy that will expire at the end of this year.

Fire commissioners say that they have been working hard to get the word out this time around and hope that District 14 voters will respond positively in great enough numbers to keep ambulance service coming to their district in 2014.

A total of 154 votes were cast by district residents last time around — 94 “yes” and 60 “no” — giving the measure a 61.04 percent approval rating.

However, a fire district levy request not only needs at least a 60 percent approval, but also must validate by having the total votes cast in the current election equal to or exceeding 40 percent of all votes cast in the previous General Election.

According to Grays Harbor County Elections Administrator Katy Moore, in order to validate the levy, the District needed either 164 total votes with a minimum 60 percent approval rating or 99 “yes” votes.