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Asotin County Fire Protection District No. 1 Levy

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Asotin County Fire District #1 has a levy on the ballot that would bring the same rate back to home owners that it was back in the 1990's.

"Today they are paying $0.72 per $1000 for assessed value of a home, and we're asking to actually bring it back to what it was back in 1995, which is a $1.06," said chief Noel Hardin. That is a $0.34 increase for every $1000 dollars of assessed property value.

Chief Hardin said this is important because our community is growing, and as the number of people rises, so does the call volume to the fire district. "Just in the past five or six years, it's increased 13%," he explained. With more calls, comes more need for funding. "People need us more out there because there's more population more homes, more businesses. And so we need to keep up with that."

But the money brought in by the levy goes to keeping their equipment and facilities up-to-date.

"It helps replace old and aging equipment, helps for our general operation. It will also help us finish up our building project," said Hardin. The better shape their facilities and equipment are, in turn, the more home owners benefit in the end. "By keeping up on our equipment and people and everything we do, it actually keeps your insurance ratings low,” he said.

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