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Fall City fire levy increase approved

FALL CITY - Fall City voters have approved a levy lid increase for King County Fire District 27.

On May 7, King County released the certified election results that found the increase garnering 57- percent approval. According to the county, 896 ballots were cast from the district's 3,309 voters, with 517 voting for approval and 378 voting against.

As a result the district's current rate of $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation will be raised to $1.40. It is the first levy lid lift for the district, which covers unincorporated areas in Fall City and near Carnation, since 1982. In 2001, voters approved a $2.41-million bond to revamp the aging fire station, but those funds cannot be used for day-to-day operations.

The funds are expected to be used to add firefighting positions to help maintain a new 24-hour staffing program that was implemented earlier this year. Any staffing changes must be approved by District 27 commissioners, but it is expected that at least one firefighter position will be added in 2004.

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