Fire District 3 operates under a balanced budget and has passed all its financial and accountability audits by the state. We are updating our Strategic Plan that guides policy-making and spending decisions for the fire district. We actively look for ways to save taxpayers money by developing partnerships to share costs, such as with the City of Battle Ground, and securing grants. In 2018, we earned a grant for $420,000 to replace breathing equipment for firefighters and provide smoke alarms for our community. We prefer to pay cash to replace apparatus as opposed to borrowing money which costs taxpayers more.


Thank you for supporting our fire levy lid lift. In 2017, voters returned the fire levy to $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This was critical to maintaining emergency services levels for our growing community and included additional staffing at Station 32, improving our training program, and replacing apparatus. These actions helped us maintain our insurance rating, which is linked to the amount property owners pay in premiums. We appreciate the support of our community and will continue to report back on how we are using these resources to save lives and property.