- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Voters in Stevens County again are weighing a fire district tax proposal this month after the bond issue was left off of dozens of ballots in November.

Stevens County Fire District 1 Fire Chief Mike Bucy tells The Spokesman-Review he believes the measure wasn’t printed on more than 130 ballots.

The $6.5 million bond measure failed by 28 votes in November.

Stevens County Auditor Tim Gray says his office has identified only 48 ballots that didn’t include the bond issue. He says only 15 of those 48 voters cast ballots in November.

The fire district sued the auditor’s office, and a settlement was reached giving the district a discount on the cost to put the bond measure on the February ballot.

The district serves more than 13,000 people in northeast Washington state.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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