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Fire District 12 keeps ambulance service

MONTESANO — Early election results released Tuesday night show that ambulance service in the McCleary area will continue. Voters in Fire District 12 were approving a property tax increase, receiving 347 votes or 85.47 percent.

Fire District 12 is trying one more time to get the funds necessary to provide ambulance service for the region. Without it, there remained a big question as to what would happen if someone calls 911 in a medical emergency and unclear answers as to who would actually respond.

The requested levy is for 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. That means a home owner with a $100,000 home would pay $50 per year or $4.17 per month.

In the Satsop School District, voters were approving a property tax measure geared to help shore up the district’s finances. Altogether, the measure received 92 votes or 73.02 percent. The levy is designed to raise $80,000 each year for 2014 and 2015. That works out to $2.02 per $1,000 in assessed value. That means a $100,000 home would pay $202 a year.

In the Ocosta School District, voters were also approving a bond to help pay for a new elementary school. The bond has failed a few times previously. Altogether, the measure received 811 votes or 69.61 percent. The Ocosta School District had sought a bond valued a $13.8 million to be paid back over the next 20 years.

The bond for Ocosta is a multi-county election, Grays Harbor and Pacific conties. An additional 192 voters also voted to approve the school bond or 70.33 percent. In all 1,003 voters elected to approve the bond or 69.75 percent with 435 rejecting the bond.