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Levy ballots in the mail

Ballots for the Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Emergency Medical Services (EMS) property levy are being mailed out to voters today by the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office. It is the only measure on the mail-only ballot which must be postmarked by May 18 to be valid. To pass, it needs a 60 percent supermajority “yes” vote.

“It’s not a new tax, but a continuation of the current levy,” CKFR Chief Ken Burdette said.

The six-year levy is to continue CKFR’s levy rate at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate voters supported in 1998. The EMS levy comprises 21 percent, or $1.98 million, of CKFR’s $9.5 million annual budget. The fire district responded to nearly 5,600 EMS calls in 2003.

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