Annexation Information

Fire Chief Scott Sorenson

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the proposed annexation of the City of Battle Ground to Clark County Fire District 3. I want to provide you with some information about why we are considering annexation, and answer any questions that you may have.


First? The basics. The City of Battle Ground contracts for fire and EMS with Fire District 3. This partnership has been in place since 2016, but a contract relationship causes some challenges for both parties. 


For the City, emergency service costs will exceed its general fund revenue by the time the contract has to be renewed. This impacts the City’s ability to fund other services like police, roads and parks. Having property owners in the City annex to the Fire District would remove fire and EMS costs from its budget. That revenue can then be used to fund these City services. 


From the Fire District’s perspective, the contract we have with Battle Ground provides additional units to respond to 911 calls for Fire District residents. We also fund a fire marshal and fire prevention services in our local schools through this partnership. If the City has to cut costs for emergency services, these benefits go away.


For residents in both communities, annexation means the Fire District can plan long-term for emergency service needs to serve the City and our residents in the unincorporated areas. We cannot do this with a short-term contract agreement and, considering our proximity to one another, it’s short-sighted to do otherwise.


As a final note, the contract revenue we receive from the City should not be confused with the recent fire levy lid lift our taxpayers approved. Those funds are accounted for separately, and your tax dollars go directly to emergency services for Fire District residents. 


Annexation will be on the February 2020 ballot, and it must be approved by voters in the City and the Fire District. If you have any questions, please contact Fire Chief Scott Sorenson at scott@fire3.org or (360) 892-2331.


MORE INFORMATION:

FAQs on Annexation


 

IN THE NEWS


Letter: Fire District 3 Chief and Battle Ground City Manager offer thanks

Link to: Clark County Today - November 11, 2019


Fire District 3 puts annexation on ballot.
Link to: The Columbian - October 30, 2019


First public hearing held for Battle Ground fire annexation plan 

Link to: Clark County Today – October 10,  2019

 

Battle Ground weighs annexing Fire District

Link to: KOIN TV – October 7, 2109

 

Letter: Fire District 3 chief invites area residents to public hearings to discuss annexation

Link to: Clark County Today – September 30, 2019

 

Battle Ground to consider annexation into fire district 

Link to: The Reflector - September 30, 2019

 

Public meetings to tackle Fire District 3 annexation  

Link to: The Columbian – September 20, 2019

 

Public invited to hearings on possible annexation vote for city and fire district

Link to: Clark County Today – September 19, 2019

 

Battle Ground, Fire District 3 work toward annexation vote

Link to: The Columbian – August 31, 2019

 

City of Battle Ground officials identify improvements or cuts if annexation vote occurs

Link to: Clark County Today – August 30, 2019

 

Clark County Fire District 3 officials make case for annexation

Link to: Clark County Today – August 26, 2109

 

Battle Ground eyes 2020 fire district annexation vote 

Link to: The Reflector – August 5, 2019

 

City leaders want to annex into Clark County Fire District 3 to free up funding for other services

Link to: Clark County Today – June 28, 2019

 

Battle Ground, Fire District 3 explore annexation plan 

Link to: The Columbian – June 10, 2019

 

 

MEDIA RELEASES


Clark County Fire District 3 Passes Annexation Resolution - October 29, 2019 Link to PDF.

 

Battle Ground City Council Passes Annexation Ordinance for Emergency Services – October 22, 2019 Link to PDF


Public Invited to Hearings on Possible Annexation Vote for City and Fire District - September 18, 2019 Link to PDF

 

Annexation Discussion Continues for Battle Ground and Clark County Fire District 3 - July 31, 2019 Link to PDF