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Fire department calls for recount

Hand count results to be published online at EstacadaNews.com

Having lost its $6-million levy to build a new fire station, Estacada Rural Fire District no. 69 ordered a recount of the Nov. 7 ballot measure 3-227. The hand count was conducted Tuesday at Clackamas County Election Division, but results were not available at press time.

'I just want to be sure that they didn't miss something with the machine,' said Estacada Fire Chief Alan Hull. 'I'm not real optimistic that it's going to change anything.'

The levy failed initially by 58 votes, or 1.54 percent. Nearly 4 percent of voters did not vote for or against the new station levy. Hull wants to make sure the 151 under-votes were in fact left blank and not missed by the machines that do the initial count.

Three of nine precincts in the fire district passed the measure. City residents were the most supportive, passing it by 86 votes (11 percent). The Heiple Road, Twin Island and Paradise Park precinct passed the ballot measure by seven votes and the Currin, Snuffin and Tracy roads precinct passed it by five votes.

The George area most opposed the levy, voting it down by almost 16 percent.

The results of the recount will be published online at Estacada News.com, and in next week's print edition.