Levy Lid Lift

THANK YOU FROM CHIEF STEVE WRIGHTSON:


Clark County Fire District 3 is grateful for community support of a fire levy lid lift request on the November ballot. We had hoped it would pass, but over 60% was more than we could have anticipated. Thank you for this show of support.


Now the real work begins to make sure you know that we are good stewards of your tax dollars. Fire District 3 will report back as to how the revenue is used to replace apparatus and equipment, maintain emergency service levels and our community’s insurance rating. We will continue to share information with you through our newsletter, Facebook page, website, and the news media.

 

Again, thank you for this vote of confidence. We look forward to sharing information with you in the near future.


Steve Wrightson

Fire Chief


LEVY INFORMATION


Voters in Clark County Fire District 3 were asked to approve a 13-cent fire levy lid lift during the November General Election to fund emergency operations. The Board of Fire Commissioners held two public meetings before passing the resolution unanimously June 12.

With the passing of the levy lid lift, Fire District 3 plans to use the funding to maintain emergency service levels and its insurance rating, which impacts homeowner insurance premiums. Since 2007, emergency calls have increased almost 40 percent (approximately four percent per year) in the fire district alone (excludes Battle Ground), as have costs for apparatus and facilities maintenance, equipment and supplies, and personnel. In contrast, the fire district was limited to a 1% revenue increase per year by state law.

 

Fire District 3  has been supplementing the cost of daily operations with emergency reserves for the past few years, which is no longer sustainable. The fire district serves 40,000 people including Battle Ground. Response times are starting to increase, which could downgrade the fire district’s insurance rating and cause premiums to rise for businesses and homeowners.

The fire levy has fallen from $1.42 to $1.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value. With the approval by the voters, the fire levy will be restored to $1.42 per $1,000. That equates to an additional $4.33 per month ($52 per year) for a property valued at $400,000.

 

The maximum amount a fire district can ask for by the law is $1.50 per $1,000, but the district didn't feel they needed that much to maintain sevices.


MORE INFORMATION

 

Clark County Fire District 3 is planning two meetings to share information about a proposed fire levy lid lift, which is on the November 7 General Election ballot. Community members with questions are invited and encouraged to attend:

·         Monday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. (District Headquarters Station, 17718 NE 159th ST, Brush Prairie, WA  98606)

·         Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. (Station 33, 18209 NE 259th St., Battle Ground, WA  98604)

 

Also, answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. 






IN THE NEWS


The Reflector - October 24, 2017

Wrightson reflects on fire chief career

http://www.thereflector.com/news/article_23420be6-b910-11e7-a291-a7e6bf2e5794.html


The Columbian - October 13, 2017

Fire District 3 to Field Levy Questions 

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/oct/13/fire-district-3-to-field-levy-questions/


The Columbian - June 24, 2017

Letter: Maintain robust fire service

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jun/24/letter-maintain-robust-fire-service


The Reflector - June 20, 2017

Fire District 3 moves to extinguish emergency reserve losses 

http://www.thereflector.com/news/article_2e7c3994-5607-11e7-bcdd-43d5a9f40df9.html


The Reflector - March 21, 2017

Fire chief asks for input on levy lid lift 

http://www.thereflector.com/opinion/article_11672da2-0e84-11e7-9613-0b14d0b6c411.html  


The Columbian - February 20, 2017 

Budget for Fire District 3 strained because of workload

Increase in service calls could lead to proposal to life levy lid 

http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/feb/20/budget-for-fire-district-3-strained-because-of-workload/


The Reflector - February 1, 2017

Contract with BG improves FD3’s emergency response times


The Reflector - November 29, 2016

Clark County Fire District 3 remains debt-free while facing high demands 

http://www.thereflector.com/article_073d69b0-b68f-11e6-be72-cfe4073b3aa0.html 


MEDIA RELEASES:


Fire District 3 seeks invitations to speak to community groups about levy lid lift - August 31, 2017


Fire District 3 stretches tax dollars with further grants, Battle Ground partnership - July 19, 2017


Board of Fire Commissioners passes resolution for fire levy lid lift - June 13, 2017


Board of Fire Commissioners will consider resolution for fire levy lid lift - May 11, 2017 


Fire District 3 develops contingency plan for possible fire levy lid lift - April 19, 2017 


Calls for fire and medical emergencies increase 40 percent - February 16, 2017

 

Fire District 3 and Battle Ground reflect on one year partnership - January 20, 2017

 

28 Years of Clean Audits for Fire District 3 – December 16, 2016