Front Porch: Fire District 17 plans ballot measure

Weigh in on levy

Snohomish County Fire District 17 in Granite Falls is mulling a ballot measure later this year that would increase its levy rate. The proposed increase is from $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.50 to per $1,000. The average homeowner would pay $29 more a year.

The money would be used to hire another firefighter and offset rising costs, according to a news release. Public hearings are planned at 7 p.m. Thursday and April 28 at the Granite Falls Fire Station, 116 S. Granite Ave. Commissioners are expected to vote April 28, after public comments, on whether to put the proposal on the ballot for the primary election in August. The district has eight full-time firefighters.

Learn water rescue: The Lynnwood parks department is offering a water-rescue course May 15. The four-hour class is endorsed by the American Red Cross and focuses on rescuing distressed swimmers in open water. The cost is $59. To register, call 425-670-5732.

Meanwhile, learn what’s up in Lynnwood. The city will hold a community open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the convention center.

Topics will include light rail, construction and traffic safety. Spanish translation is available. For more information, call 425-670-5044.

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