Lake Lotawana voters on Tuesday, Aug. 6, rejected a proposed fire-levy increase to add staff and raise money for operation of the Lotawana Fire District.
There were 89 no votes to 84 yes, or about 51 percent against the 25-cent increase.
Fire district officials said the levy being collected had been reduced over the years by the Hancock Amendment and growing assessed valuation. The proposed increase of 25 cents per 100 dollar valuation would have been used to hire more firefighters, necessary because the number of volunteer firefighters has fallen over the years, the district said. The fire district operates independently of the City of Lake Lotawana.