Cascade Medical will ask voters to renew a levy that has supported ambulance service and emergency medical response in the Upper Valley for 30 years. This IS a renewal that will continue existing services, not a new levy. Ballots for the Feb. 12 election will be mailed on Jan. 24. Cascade partners with Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue to provide emergency medical services in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain/Highway 2 area. In 2018 LWFR responded to 185 medical emergency calls in our area- that’s 66% of all call responded to by LWFR. The partnership with Cascade has cut response times by half and the number of EMT-trained volunteers in the LWFR area has doubled. Part of the EMS levy — about $90,000 — covers staffing costs for the ambulance located in the Lake Wenatchee area, operated by Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue.
The measure is a 6-year renewal at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation — same as the levy that passed with 82 percent approval in 2012. If approved, the levy would continue to cost property owners about $125 a year for a home assessed at $250,000. The measure needs a simple majority to pass.
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