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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Fire annexation heads to local ballot

Both taxes and service levels would increase; Medical Lake expenses shrink if city, Fire District 3 voters approve


Last updated 4/18/2019 at 4:41pm

Lee Hughes

The existing Medical Lake Fire Station. The station may receive upgrades to allow 24/7 staffing if a proposed annexation between the department and Spokane County Fire District 3 is approved by voters in an Aug. 6 special election.

It's official: the Medical Lake City Council has approved an ordinance asking voters to give the thumbs up - or down - in August to a proposed annexation of city fire services by Spokane County Fire District 3.

There was considerable discussion by council members during its April 2 meeting before the unanimous vote to move the ordinance forward.

Councilmembers Ted Olson and Laura Parsons were absent from the meeting.

Councilwoman Jessica Roberts, who said she supported the merger "100 percent," asked why residents currently within District 3 would vote to support the merger.

"Why would th...

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