Levy Lid Lift

 

Voters in Clark County Fire District 3 will be 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.

If the lid lift were to pass, 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 is 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. If approved by voters, the levy lid lift would restore the fire levy 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 doesn’t need that much.


IN THE NEWS


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 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