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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


Last updated 3/28/2019 at 5:26pm

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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