Mercer Island Reporter


Letter | Vote yes on Prop. #1 fire station levy

October 22, 2012 · 3:40 PM

Minutes matter: we can agree with the concept, whether it’s getting to an appointment or waiting for that all-important call for aid when you call 911.

The South end fire station was built in 1962, when Mercer Island had 13,000 residents. It has been sufficient, but with our population at 23,000, it’s showing its age and needs vast improvement. By adding a new station we not only answer everyday safety concerns, but will address major issues that impact the whole Island. Being part of an integrated system requires that the South end station respond to South end emergencies and support major Islandwide events. It could be an earthquake or your neighbor’s heart attack.

The cost for this project will be $5 per month for nine years, based on a median priced home of $700,000. Not a great deal of money for peace of mind and security. Join me in supporting this much-needed community infrastructure. Vote yes on Fire and Rescue, Proposition #1.

Ida Ballasiotes

Five-term state representative, Washington state Legislature


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