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Opponents of Yakima's EMS Levy Speak

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YAKIMA--New ballots have been mailed out for the emergency medical service levy.   The levy would create about $1.3 million a year in tax revenue.

The money would be used to add 12 more firefighters to the Yakima Fire Department, and put a certified paramedic on each engine.

Currently, there are two private ambulance companies in Yakima.   The fire department would serve as first responders.  Then the ambulance company would transport the patient.

But opponents of the levy feel current services are good enough.

"Could they be better?  Obviously there are things that would make it maybe better, but right now, this is probably the level we can afford."

Golladay's also concerned passing the levy could put private ambulance companies out of business.  You'll get a chance to vote on the levy February 3.

It needs a 60 percent supermajority of yes votes to pass.

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