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Wash. chief: If levy doesn’t pass, more than half of firefighters may lose jobs

The Thurston Regional Fire Authority leader also said that three of the five stations face closure without additional funds


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By Leila Merrill

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — More than half of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority firefighters may lose their jobs and three of the five fire stations could be closed if voters do not approve a levy in November, Fire Chief Rob Smith told King5 on Monday.

He said that the department has seen call volumes rise 40% from 2013 to 2021 as the population has grown.

Under the levy, taxpayers would be charged an average of $1.60 based on each $1,000 assessed value. The currently rate is an average of 97 cents per $1,000 assessed value.