KIRKLAND – A proposal to increase property taxes in order to provide ambulance service for the community was defeated.
Voters rejected the proposal Tuesday by a vote of 435 to 257, according to unofficial returns. The measure would have increased fire district property owners’ tax bills by about $130 a year for every $100,000 in assessed value.
Fire officials said the increase was necessary in order to support ambulance service to the community, upgrade to a paramedic service and replace outdated equipment. The lack of volunteers to run the ambulance during daytime hours has left the volunteer department paying for staffing from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.