A request for renewed, increased tax support for fire protection services in the Ashford, Elbe and Alder areas is going down to defeat in early returns from the primary election.
About 52 percent of the ballots tallied after voting closed Tuesdy were against Proposition 1, which asked voters to reauthorize an existing property tax levy for Fire District 23. The measure would also allow the district to raise the rate as much as 47 cents, from the current $1.03 per $1,000 assessed valuation to a maximum of $1.50.
Collection of the tax would begin in 2013. The revenue would help the district pay for fire protection and emergency medical services and personnel-related expenses, including training of firefighters.