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Tuesday is Election Day for school, fire and other special districts in Washington

Doug Nadvornick/Spokane Public Radio

It is Election Day for a variety of eastern Washington school, fire and special purpose districts. In Spokane County, Fire District 8 and the Spokane Valley Fire Department have levies before voters. Spokane Valley Fire Chief Frank Soto, Junior says his agency needs to continue to replace older trucksand engines.

“We still have about 28 that are very high in mileage, which is over 121,000 miles, and they’re very old, 20 years or older. We were really backed up because of Covid, so we’re trying to catch up," he said.

He says the department also needs a new training facility.

"Our current training tower is 36 years old. We cannot burn in it anymore. It is falling apart. The actual training facility that we have is just too small to support our needs," he said.

Eastern Washington school districts with levies on the ballot include Newport, Cusick and Selkirk in Pend Oreille County, Kettle Falls, Okanogan, Sprague, Wilbur, Othello, Colton and Oakesdale.

There are assorted other special districts throughout the region also seeking public funding, including the Lincoln County Hospital District.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or due back to county elections offices by Tuesday at 8 pm.

Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.