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Spokane County

School ELECTION: February 12th, 2019

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City of Spokane

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

City of Spokane Proposition #1

Vote YES for Spokane Fire and Public Safety Proposition 1

APPROVED
The Spokane City Council has proposed Proposition No. 1 to fund fire, police, and crime reduction programs in Spokane. The City Council is taking action because Spokane will lose a federal grant in 2019 that currently pays for 48 firefighters. At the same time, medical emergency calls have increased by 30 percent since 2017 while wildfires are also taking a great toll on local firefighters.

Spokane Proposition No. 1 would also add 20 new police officers to bolster the department's proactive community policing efforts. These officers would focus on property crimes, improving outreach to homeless members of our community, and strengthening the department's behavioral health unit.

Beginning in 2020, Proposition No. 1 would levy an additional $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would increase the total levy from $3.30 to $3.60 and cost the owner of a median $204,000 home an additional $61 per year. However, Proposition No. 1 exempts eligible seniors citizens and people with disabilities from the levy increase. Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 to improve fire and public safety services in Spokane!

School District Ballot Issues

Depending on where you live, you may be voting on the below school district ballot measures.

Orchard Prairie School District No. 123

Orchard Prairie School District Proposition #1

Vote YES on Orchard Prairie School District Proposition #1

YES
The Board of Directors of Orchard Prairie School District No. 123 has proposed a two-year, $250,000 levy to fund educational programs and operations support not funded by the state. Proposition 1 would levy funds at a rate of $1.17 per $1,000 assessed property value in 2019 and $1.14 per $1,000 in 2020, costing the owner of a median $237,000 home approximately $277 per year. Vote YES on Proposition 1 to give Orchard Prairie students the opportunity to thrive!

Other Ballot Measures

Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 13 Proposition #1

Vote YES on Newman Lake Fire and Rescue Proposition No. 1

YES
Newman Lake Fire and Rescue is seeking a six-year emergency medical services levy to replace the current expiring levy. Proposition 1 would levy $.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would cost the owner of a median $267,000 home about $134 a year. This important measure would continue providing first responders the appropriate training, equipment, vehicles, and personnel that keep us safe. Vote YES on Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 13 Proposition No. 1.

Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 8 Proposition #1

Vote YES for Spokane Fire and Emergency Medical Services

YES
In an emergency, the last thing anyone should be worried about is whether fire and emergency services have the resources and equipment they need to do their jobs. Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 8 has proposed Proposition No. 1 to replace the existing fire and emergency services levy. The rate for the levy would be $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value and would help the continued funding of emergency medical services and fire protection for the district. Vote yes on Fire Protection District No. 8 Proposition No. 1 for a safer Spokane.