MILL CREEK — The city of Mill Creek’s second attempt this year to renew and increase its emergency medical services levy was passing Tuesday night in preliminary ballot counts.
Of votes counted so far, 68.8 percent were in favor of the measure. It needs a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass. The next update of ballot counts was scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The increase, if approved, would help the city pay for the emergency services provided under contract by Snohomish County Fire District 7.
The same proposal narrowly failed in the primary election in August. If it fails again, the city would be left without a primary source of revenue for emergency services.
The proposal would add 5 cents to the levy rate, and renew it for another six years.
A tax measure for Snohomish County Fire District 1 appeared to be passing and a measure for the Town of Woodway appeared to be failing. Fire District 1’s measure, which had 63 percent of voters in favor, would renew its levy another six years.
Fire District 1, with headquarters just south of Everett, serves unincorporated southwest county. It also holds contracts to provide service to Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.
Woodway’s measure, which would increase the town levy for the first time in seven years, had collected 42.6 percent of ballots cast in favor. The levy helps pay for town services, such as police and roads, and a service contract with the Shoreline Fire Department.