April 30, 2001
According to King County Records and Elections Superintendent Julie Anne Kempf, it looks as though voters approved Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District's Benefit Charge that appeared on the April 24 ballot as Proposition 1.
The election will not be certified until Friday, May 4, at which time the absentee ballots should all be counted.
As of Friday, April 27, the measure was passing with an 86.61 percent "yes" vote. At that point 2,872 people had voted "yes" and 444 had voted "no." An additional 695 absentee ballots were to be tallied that Friday, with more tallying planned for Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3.
The measure requires a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass.
The benefit charge will establish secured funding for the fire district through 2007. The district has collected an amount equal to $1.50 or less per $1,000 assessed valuation since 1989 for all property located within its 36-square-mile parameters. This continued charge will provide funding for a staff of 79 paid and support personnel, will provide fire and emergency medical response, public education, fire prevention and administrative staff.Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District is serviced by four fire stations staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.