Asotin EMS levy a few votes short of passage following latest ballot count

A levy to fund emergency medical services in the city of Asotin edged below the passing margin after additional primary election ballots were counted Wednesday.

The Asotin County auditor says the tally now stands at 188 yes votes to 131 no, leaving the measure just below the required 60 percent to pass. A few more ballots may arrive in the mail Wednesday, and another count is scheduled for August 21st.

The permanent levy calls for 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to pay for ambulance services and quick response units inside Asotin’s city limits.

If the ballot measure fails, funding for EMS will run out by the end of the year. (Lewiston Tribune)