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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Fire district merger advances

Medical Lake taxes would increase, but city costs would be reduced if annexation approved


March 28, 2019

The Medical Lake City Council moved one step closer to asking voters to approve a merger of current city fire and EMS services with the 565-square-mile Spokane County Fire District 3 that surrounds Medical Lake at its regular meeting Tuesday, March 19.

With few questions or fanfare, Councilwoman Laura Parsons moved to approve the merger — technically an annexation. Councilman Ted Olson seconded and City Ordinance 1071 was approved on first reading.

The merger must ultimately be approved by both Medical Lake and District 3 voters.

If the council approves the ordinance on second reading a...

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