Voters have approved the renewal of West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s excess levy to help pay its operating costs.
Voters in the Lakewood and University Place areas gave strong support to the measure in Tuesday’s primary election, 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 also needed at least 60 percent of the total votes to be “yes” to pass. It garnered 68 percent of the vote.
The levy, which will cost property owners about $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed value, funds more than 35 percent of the fire district’s operations and is expected to bring in an estimated $11 million in both 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,email@example.com