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 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). Funding would be used to hire six emergency personnel and supporting apparatus to respond to higher call volumes.

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 — or — E-Message

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 Meeting Dates
    • June 12, 2019 @ 4:00 PM
      Station 99
      8117 267th Street NW
      Stanwood, WA 98292
    • June 26, 2019 @ 4:00 PM
      Station 99
      8117 267th Street NW
      Stanwood, WA 98292