Fire Levy Lid Lift
It’s time to replace some emergency apparatus and equipment.
Call volumes have increased an average of more than four percent a year (or 45 percent over 10 years). More calls mean added wear and tear on emergency apparatus and equipment. Two fire engines are at the end of their usable lives, and at risk of being unreliable to respond to calls. Likewise, we need to replace emergency radios and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for the safety of our community and firefighters.
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is considering asking voters to consider a Fire Levy lid lift of 15 cents/$1,000 of assessed property value during the November 3, 2020 General Election. The Fire Levy lid lift would enable NWFR to pay cash for these items instead of financing them which would cost taxpayers more due to interest payments. The additional cost for the owner of a $370,000 home (an average for our area) would be approximately $4.63 per month ($55.50 per year). Here's a chart based on different property values in our district:
Property Assessed Value Monthly Cost Annual Cost
$100,000 $1.25 $15
$200,000 $2.50 $30
$300,000 $3.75 $45
$370,000 (Average for NWFR) $4.63 $55.50
$400,000 $5.00 $60
$500,000 $6.25 $75
Replacing these items also will maintain our community insurance rating, which is linked to the amount some home and business owners pay in premiums. Chief John Clark is available to answer questions at (360) 675-1131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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