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FIRE LEVY LID LIFT

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Clark County Fire & Rescue unanimously approved a resolution to place a 9-cent levy lid lift on the August 2017 Primary Election ballot. A majority of the funding would be used to hire seven to nine firefighters to reduce response times and staff Station 22 in Charter Oak. If approved by voters in August, the lid lift would cost the owner of a $300,000 home an additional $2.25 per month ($27 per year).

CCF&R has seen an increase in emergency call volumes by 10.6% from 2014 to 2016. (This data represents just emergency calls from within the fire district and Woodland.) Some funds also would go towards facility and apparatus needs to maintain the fire district’s insurance rating, which is linked to homeowner insurance premiums.

Since 2016, emergency response times have increased at all stations in the fire district – in one case by as much as a minute. This happened as a result of revenue losses from the economic downturn and losing a contract to serve a neighboring city. To maintain a balanced budget, the fire district was forced to lay off 11 firefighters, seven administrative and support personnel, cut prevention and education programs, and delay apparatus replacement and facilities maintenance. The current fire levy is $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value, down from $1.50, which voters originally approved in 2006.

MEDIA COVERAGE

The Columbian – April 17, 2017
Clark County Fire & Rescue proposes tax levy hike of 9 cents
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The Reflector – February 28, 2017
Clark County Fire and Rescue seeks response time solution.

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The Columbian – February 23, 2017
Clark County Fire & Rescue to seek tax increase
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