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Fri., April 16, 2010

Firefighters request a ‘yes’

You probably recently received a ballot asking you to decide on continuing the EMS levy. Your Spokane firefighters are asking you to vote yes on this proposition. This levy was first approved in 1980 and has been approved every six years by Spokane voters.

The levy continues a 50-cent assessment per $1,000 of home value. In other words, a $100,000 home gets assessed $50 per year. Every Spokane firefighter pulls double duty as an EMT or paramedic. The EMS levy is the sole funding for up to 90 firefighters, well over a third of us.

Because this is a levy, just a simple majority saying yes will not be enough to assure the majority’s will. We need over 60 percent approval to continue the EMS levy and continue this current funding for the fire department. That’s why your vote is so important.

Thank you for your support in the past. Please vote yes for EMS today.

John Griffith

Firefighters Local 29

Spokane



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