Bond for Hoquiam fire truck passing easily

Story updated Nov. 5

The Hoquiam Fire Department is looking to purchase a fire truck to bolster its aging fleet, and voters are approving a general obligation fund request from the city to do just that.

The measure for $850,000 in general obligation funds requires a 60% yes vote to pass. After Tuesday’s initial ballot count, it was passing easily with more than 68% of the vote, 1,881-878. The 15-year bond will be repaid via an annual property tax levy, about $15 a year per $100,000 assessed value.

The engine will replace a 1989 model that is in disrepair, the City Council was told in late July. City Administrator Brian Shay said it “will likely be a year before a new vehicle arrives once we develop final specifications, go through the bidding process and order the fire truck, which will be manufactured upon the order.”

Two other fire district levies are below the required 60% yes votes needed for passage. Fire District 2’s proposition to establish a property tax levy for fire protection got 57.8% yes votes, 1,660-1,212. The Fire Protection District 12 Emergency Medical Services regular property levy has more than 60% of the Grays Harbor vote, but less than 55% of the Mason County vote, for a total of 55.49% in favor.

The McCleary Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy is passing with just under 52% of the votes in Grays Harbor and Mason counties. A simple majority is required to pass a school levy.