SEQUIM — Clallam County Fire District 3’s Emergency Medical Service levy will continue for 10 more years starting Jan. 1, 2021.
Voters in Clallam and Jefferson counties approved the EMS levy of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value with 5,684 yes votes, or 72.81 percent, to 2,122 no votes, or 27.19 percent, after initial general election counts were released Tuesday.
“It confirms what we thought all along: people in Fire District 3 are happy with the services we provide and want to continue to fund it,” District 3 Fire Chief Ben Andrews said.
The current levy, approved in 2009, will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. The renewal needed a 50 percent plus one majority for passage.
The vote breakdown after the initial count was 5,585 in favor in Clallam County and 99 in favor in Jefferson County, with 2,080 opposed in Clallam County and 42 opposed in Jefferson County.
The Clallam County Auditor’s Office planned another count of ballots in the all-mail election late Wednesday. Those totals are not reflected here because of press deadlines. Jefferson County’s next count will be on Friday.
The levy funds are used exclusively for emergency medical services such as personnel costs and service contract costs, along with training for EMS personnel and emergency medical services-related equipment, supplies, vehicles and structures, fire district officials said.
Andrews said the EMS levy made up about $2.26 million, or about 25 percent, of the fire district’s $9 million budget this year.
“We know we appreciate [voters] continuing to support [the fire district],” Andrews said.
Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach him at [email protected].