In a special Nov. 5 election, Washington County residents shot down several measures that would call for raised taxes.

But more than 300 voters in the Cornelius Rural Fire District overwhelmingly chose to renew a levy that expires next year.

The final tally on the measure, as reported by the Washington County Elections Division, showed 311 “Yes” votes, 77.6 percent, to 90 “No” votes, 22.4 percent.

The Cornelius Rural Fire District contracts with the city of Cornelius to provide services for those outside the city limits through the Cornelius Fire Department.

The permanent tax rate of nearly 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed tax valuation for the rural fire district’s expenses doesn’t cover all the costs.

The estimated tax rate is about 68 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Combined with the permanent tax rate, the total is roughly $1.30 per $1,000.

The newly approved levy will bring in $97,500 per year and a total of $487,500 during the next five years.

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