Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

Front Page

Police staffing hinges on levy

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   CARNATION--City officials here say if the $102,000 police levy fails in November as it did in the primary, staffing cuts will be sure to follow.

   The city currently has three full-time police officers and a part-time chief. City manager Woody Edvalson said last week that if the levy fails, there will probably be one less officer on the street.

   The police services measure for the year 2000 would cost a property owner about $0.95 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The levy requires a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass, and a total "yes" vote of 149. Primary results revealed that only 20 percent of voters had gone to the polls.

   "Our hope this time is to get more people out to vote," Edvalson said.