Levy Lid Lift

North County Regional Fire Authority (known as North County Fire/EMS) wants to thank voters for approving our recent fire levy lid lift request. Funding will be used to hire additional emergency personnel and purchase apparatus to respond to increasing call volumes.

This election was one of the closest in the county. (While 50.36% approved the lid lift, 49.64% did not.) That tells us we need to work harder to explain why the funding is necessary, and how it will be used responsibly to save lives and property.

We will communicate with you every step of the way about service improvements as they happen. I also encourage residents to review our Strategic Plan (LINK to Strategic Plan). It is a blueprint that guides our spending decisions and was developed with extensive community input.

In the meantime, please know that we are grateful and will not let you down.

Sincerely,

John Cermak, Fire Chief

Frequently Asked Questions

North County Regional Fire Authority (known as North County Fire & EMS) is asking voters to return the fire levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed roperty value. This is called a fire levy “lid lift.”
Call volumes have increased 37% since 2013. More calls mean added costs for personnel, apparatus, fuel, equipment, maintenance, and medical supplies.
The fire levy has fallen to $1.36/$1,000. The 14-cent lid liŌ would last for six years and cost the owner of a $350,000 home an additonal $4.08 per month ($49 per year).
Yes, voters originally approved a fire levy of $1.50/$1,000 in 2008.
The fire levy rate falls as property values rise to limit the fire department to roughly the same amount of revenue per year plus a one percent increase allowed by law. The one percent increase is not keeping up with inflaton, which is 2.4 percent for our area.
We recently completed a Strategic Plan that outlines how we will respond to higher call volumes. Funding would be used to hire up to six additonal emergency personnel, improve training, and purchase supportng apparatus and equipment.
More informaton can be found on our website at www.northcountyfireems.com. Visit with us during the Board of Fire Commissioners’ meeƟngs on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Staton 99 (8117 267th Street NW, Stanwood, WA 98292). Fire Chief John Cermak is also available to answer questions at (425) 789-8036 or jcermak@northcountyfireems.com.
  • Public Meetings Held
    • Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
      Station 99
      8117 267th Street NW
      Stanwood, WA 98292
    • Saturday, October 19 @ 9:00 AM
      Station 99
      8117 267th Street NW
      Stanwood, WA 98292