Montesano, WA – 11 races and 2 levies are being sent to voters on ballots being sent out next week.
Measures up this election include a levy to partially fund police services in Elma as the city asks to fund $250,000 in property taxes “for the sole
purpose of more adequately funding the operations and expansion of personnel” within the Elma Police Department. This would be
Elma Police Chief Susan Shultz said in a release;
“Since 2015, the Citizens’ of Elma have supported and voted for their Police Levies. This election you will see a Levy Request for $250,000 on your ballots. These levies have gone to support the current service levels in your police department.
Over the last several years, the Elma Police Department has responded to an average of 4,500 calls for service a year with less than minimal staffing. As the community is growing, it is apparent our numbers are increasing. In addition to normal calls for service, our officers spend time engaging and connecting with the community they serve. We are proud of the direction your police department is taking in participating in community outreach events.
This $250,000 Levy is important to the citizens of Elma as it serves to partially fund your Police Department. This Levy will also allow us to increase our staffing level by the addition of one officer and the promotion of one officer to Sergeant.
If passed, the levy will cost property tax payers approximately 98 cents per $1,000 of their assessed value. This levy will replace the levy set to expire at the end of this year. If you have any questions regarding the levy or your police service, please feel free to contact me directly.”
Also on the ballot is a proposition from the South Beach Regional Fire Authority to increase funding for maintenance and operation costs. If adopted, it would authorize the Regional Fire Authority to levy $591,000 in excess taxes to fund operations.
This measure would cost residents approximately $0.82 per $1, 000 of assessed property value.
Four Mayor positions will be featured on ballots, including Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Hoquiam, and Ocean Shores. Also included will be two Grays Harbor Public Hospital District #2 Commissioner seats, an Aberdeen City Council seat, three Ocean Shores City Council positions, and a Fire Commissioner seat for Fire District #5.
Following the Primary, the top two candidates will move onto the General Election in November.
Races and measures included in the August Primary are limited to the areas they impact and not all voters may see a ballot.
Ballots are scheduled to be sent to voters on July 19 to begin the 18-day voting process.
Results will be released on August 6.
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