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Insufficient Returns Threaten to Invalidate Mountain View Fire and Rescue Levy Issue

King County Elections reports Sunday night that 3,040 ballots out of 12,464 registered voters have been returned so far from citizens in King County Fire Protection District No. 44's service area. A minimum of 3,984 votes are needed for validation.

The question of whether or not a four-year levy can move forward to support levels of service by King County Fire Protection District No. 44 (Mountain View Fire and Rescue) might not even reach the point of validation if registered voters don't start turning in their ballots as the April 23 special election deadline quicky approaches.

As of Sunday, April 21, King County Elections reports that only 3,040 ballots of 12,464 registered voters (24.39 percent) have been returned from residents in the Mountain View Fire and Rescue service district.

King County Elections requires a minimum of 3,984 votes total to even validate the measure, said Chief Greg Smith. As of Sunday, they are 944 votes short.

Residents are considering a proposed four-year levy to sustain current service levels in the district. Click here for more details.

The issue requires a 60 percent 'yes' vote with a minimum number of 2,390 'yes' votes to pass.

If you haven't done so already, there are a few ways to return your completed ballot:

  • By mail: Ballots require first class postage and have to be postmarked by April 23
  • Drop it off: Ballots can be dropped off for free by 8 p.m. on April 23

If you need help, visit the accessible voting center at King County Elections in Renton (details above).

Visit www.KCFD44.org to find facts related to this ballot issue.

Additional questions can be directed to Chief Greg Smith at 253 735 0284 or email questions to info@KCFD44.org, Chief Smith will reply back personally to any questions related to the ballot measure.

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