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Struggling Franklin County EMS Program Going to Voters

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PASCO, Wash. - Franklin County Fire District 3 is turning to the public for help in keeping its emergency medical services program running.

Tuesday evening, fire commissioners voted to place a levy on this November's ballot, asking voters to pay 32 cents more a year on their property taxes. That's an extra $32 a year on a $100,000 home.

Supporters say the community would be in a dire situation without an EMS program.

"If this did not pass, there's a high likelihood that there would be no ambulance service I this entire district, which is quite a few square mile. It runs all the way from the Columbia River by the freeway bridge, all the way east as you're going out the Kahlotus Highway," said Citizen's Advisory Committee Chairman Bruce LePage.

Voters said no to the fire district levy during last year's election. But this year, LePage says it only requires a simple majority plus one to be approved instead of a super majority.
LePage says they now plan on educating the community about the need to keep the ambulance service going.