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Fire Levy

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue filed a resolution to place a 10-cent Fire Levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot. The fire district includes the cities of Ellensburg and Kittitas, Central Washington University campus and rural areas of the lower Kittitas Valley.

Daily operations at Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue are funded primarily through a Fire Levy paid through property taxes. This levy rate falls over time as assessed property values rise to limit the fire district to the same amount of revenue per year (plus a one percent increase) allowed by law.

For example, voters originally approved a Fire Levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2007. Since that time, the Fire Levy has fallen to $1.40/$1,000. In the same time period, call volumes have increased almost 50 percent. The fire district also is experiencing more back-to-back emergency calls, which adds to this demand.

Revenue is not keeping up with the demand for emergency services. The fire district has a plan to get ahead of the issue before it becomes a problem. The goal is to maintain service levels, which means hiring firefighter/EMT’s and firefighter/paramedics to meet this increased demand for service.

The 10-cent lid lift would cost the owner of a $250,000 home approximately $2.08 per month (or $25 per year). In addition to emergency personnel, funding would be used to pay increasing costs for items like training, emergency equipment and medical supplies, utilities, and apparatus maintenance.

The fire district will hold a series of public meetings this fall prior to the election. In the meantime, Chief John Sinclair is available to answer questions about the Fire Levy lid lift at (509) 856-7714 or sinclairj@kvfr.org

IN THE NEWS:

KIMA TV - August 15, 2018
Levy to help fund Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue added to November ballot
https://kimatv.com/news/local/levy-to-help-fund-kittitas-valley-fire-and-rescue-added-to-november-ballot

KAPP TV - August 15, 2018
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue commissioners to place levy on November ballot
https://www.yaktrinews.com/news/kittitas-valley-fire-and-rescue-commissioners-to-place-levy-on-november-ballot/782005220

Daily Record - August 16, 2018
KVFR files to have fire levy lift lid placed on November ballot
https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/kvfr-files-to-have-fire-levy-lift-lid-placed-on/article_710d4e7c-f71a-5d94-90c9-3e607038c0a1.html

MEDIA RELEASES

KVFR passes financial and accountability audit
Board Files Resolution for Fire Levy Lid Lift - August 14, 2018
Board Filed Resolution 

MORE INFORMATION

Answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Lid Lift pdf Document 
KVFR: Update on Emergency Services 2018 pdf Document 


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