Levy Lid Lift

Call volumes have increased 36.7% since 2013. The fire authority is developing a Strategic Plan for how it will respond to more emergency calls due to growth and an aging population. Additional staffing and apparatus are required to maintain emergency response times and service levels for our community. More calls also mean added costs for equipment, fuels, maintenance, and medical supplies. The fire authority is limited to a one percent revenue increase per year, which is not keeping up with inflation or the demand for service by our community.

To meet the increased demand for emergency services, the fire authority likely will ask voters to return the fire levy from $1.36 to the previously approved amount of $1.50/$1,000 of assessed property value. This 14-cent lid lift would cost the owner of a $350,000 home an additional $4.08 per month ($49 per year).

If you have any questions about how we are funded, or the levy lid lift, please contact:

Fire Chief John Cermak

Phone:  (360) 629-2184

E-mail:  jcermak@northcountyfireems.com