Ballots are hitting mailboxes this week for the February 12th special election. The first election of 2019 will see fire districts recently absorbed by the formation of the South Beach Regional Fire Authority seeking to close down the former taxing authorities. Two other districts are seeking support for levies on assessed property value, and Aberdeen voters are being asked to support a 10-year sales tax of 18¢ on every $100 purchase to replace the previous 6-year, .013 percent (13¢ on every $100) tax which supports their Transportation Benefit District.

Fire Districts #3 and #11 in Westport and Grayland are asking voters to dissolve their districts. This is just house cleaning after the formation of the South Beach Regional Fire Authority, which assumed the duties, equipment, and personnel from those districts.

Fire District #4 in the Quinault, Amanda Park, and Neilton area is asking voters for an additional EMS Levy of $50,000 – that’s about 75¢ per thousand dollars of assessed property value.

Fire District #15 in Artic is seeking support for a permanent regular property tax levy of 50¢ per thousand dollars of assessed property value.