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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. If approved by voters, the CCF&R fire levy would change from $1.41 to the previously voter-approved amount of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value and last for six years. The 9-cent lid lift would cost the owner of a $300,000 home an additional $2.25 per month ($27 per year). (Property owners in former Clark County Fire District 2 are encouraged to call our office to learn the amount they would pay under the recent merger.)

The lid lift would rehire 7 to 9 firefighters which will help staff stations at Charter Oak and Ridgefield Junction. This will reduce response times across the district and provide additional units for multiple emergencies that happen at the same time. Some revenue also would be used to restore fire prevention programs in local schools, maintain our facilities, and replace aging apparatus – all without borrowing money, which costs taxpayers more.

CCF&R has sustained significant revenue losses to provide emergency services due to the economic recession in 2009 – over $10.4 million to be exact. To maintain a balanced budget, we’ve stopped staffing two fire stations and laid off 11 firefighters. Emergency response times have started to increase as a result. We’ve also laid off seven administrative and support personnel, cut fire prevention programs in local schools, and stopped setting aside money to replace aging apparatus and maintain facilities. This means that our insurance rating is at risk, which could cause premiums to increase for home and business owners

Call volumes have increased 10.6% since 2014, and our priority must be to fund firefighters on the front lines to respond. Our firefighters are even giving back pay raises to help add bodies, and we’re spending reserves down to low levels. Everyone at CCF&R is pulling together to provide the highest level of service possible, but it’s not enough. That’s why our Board of Fire Commissioners is asking voters to approve a fire levy lid lift in August 2017 to help improve emergency services.

MEDIA COVERAGE

 

The Reflector – June 20, 2017
Clark County Fire & Rescue hopes to revive Charter Oak fire station

Reflector

The Columbian – May 20, 2017
Letter: Support levy for fire and rescue

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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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