Kuna Rural Fire District Station 1 is open

The Kuna Rural Fire District Station No. 1 is at 150 W. Boise St.

Despite favorable numbers early in the polls, voters narrowly denied giving an additional $1.1 million annually to the Kuna Rural Fire District.

Fire Chief Perry Palmer said 130 more approval votes would have passed the levy, which would have gone toward hiring additional personnel and replacing and updating equipment.

Voters were asked to approve or reject a $1.1 million levy increase for the fire district, which would allow the fire district to collect about $3.1 million, starting January 2020, per year from taxpayers. The fire district currently collects about $1.9 million in levy funds.

Ada and Canyon County voters combined gave an approximate 65.1 percent approval vote. The levy needed 66.7 percent, or two-thirds supermajority vote, to pass. Though election results aren’t certified yet, the outcome is unlikely to change, Palmer said.

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Despite the failure, Palmer said he is encouraged “that we had as much support as we did.”

Palmer also said the Kuna Rural Fire District board of commissioners may choose to put the levy on the May 2019 ballot. A discussion will likely take place at the board of commissioners next meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the fire station, 150 Boise St. The meeting is open to the public.

“We still have a need in front of us,” Palmer said. “The only way to address this need is with the levy. We want to provide the most effective response to calls as possible.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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