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Yakima City Council Votes Down Regional Fire Authority

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima City Council decided today they will not move forward with plans for a regional fire authority.

The authority would have combined Yakima, Union Gap, and two other fire departments together.

The plan was proposed as a possible solution to offset increasing fire department costs.

It would have allowed the authority to collect its own taxes and fees.

However, many council members did not like the idea of raising taxes.

"It's good for the fire department, but my job is to keep an eye on the costs and so that's what I had to do here today," said Council member Sara Bristol.

"There was a lot of educating that went on, there was a lot of good studying, we have a lot of documentation, and a lot to build on," said Fire Chief Dave Willson.

The council also talked about improving the city's fire rating.

The fire chief says if the city can bump up it's rating, businesses could see their insurance rates drop by ten percent.

That could help attract new business to Yakima.