Sales tax bump in Okanogan County would fund emergency communications

Much of system at "end of life"


Last updated 9/18/2019 at 9:40am

A map of Okanogan County radio communications system shows most of its facilities are at "end of life." Only those marked with the lighter markers are "current" in the mountainous county, the state's largest by area, which ranges from over 8,000 feet in elevation to under 800 and is larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Okanogan County voters will be asked on the Nov. 5 general election ballot to approve a tax meant to upgrade emergency communication systems and facilities.

The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office explains the need for the tax by detailing the current state of the system used by fire, emergency management services, and police first responders in Okanogan County.

Existing radio repeater equipment is b...

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