Levy Lid Lift

Clark County Fire District 3 is considering asking voters to approve a fire levy lid lift in November 2017. The fire district is just in the planning phase now for the levy lid lift. There will be a lengthy public process for the community to provide input about what’s being

proposed. The fire district will hold two public hearings on the lid lift resolution and contingency plan this summer before the Board of Fire Commissioners vote whether or not to go to ballot this fall. The meetings are scheduled for May 22nd and June 12th. 


 

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.


IN THE NEWS

 

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  (Link to Article)


The Columbian - February 20, 2017 

Budget for Fire District 3 strained because of workload

Increas 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/ (Link to Article)


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 (Link to Article)


MEDIA RELEASES:


Board of Fire Commissioners will consider resolution for fire levy lid lift - May 11, 2017 (Link to PDF) 


Calls for fire and medical emergencies increase 40 percent - February 16, 2017 (Link to PDF)

 

Fire District 3 and Battle Ground reflect on one year partnership - January 20, 2017 (Link to PDF)

 

28 Years of Clean Audits for Fire District 3 – December 16, 2016 (Link to PDF)