Voters have approved the renewal of West Pierce Fire and Rescue’s excess levy to help pay its operating costs.
Voters gave strong support to the measure but until Thursday not enough “yes” votes had been received to validate it.
The measure needed 9,356 “yes” votes to validate, and the Pierce County Auditor’s Office said it got 9,396 when it released its latest tally Thursday afternoon.
The measure was passing with 68 percent of the vote.
State law requires certain levies to receive both a 60 percent “supermajority” and a certain number of “yes” votes.
District officials had said they’d rerun the measure in November if it didn’t validate.
The levy, which will cost property owners about $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed value, funds more than 35 percent of the Lakewood-based district’s operations and is expected to bring in an estimated $11 million both in 2014 and 2015.
The district already collects a regular levy of $1.50 per $1,000 and a levy specifically for emergency medical response of 50 cents per $1,000.
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