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 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

Please join a virtual meeting on Oct. 21 or Oct. 26 to ask any questions about the fire levy lid lift on the November 3 General Election ballot.  Fire Chief John Clark will make a brief presentation during the virtual meetings before taking questions from the community. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 
7 a.m.  via Zoom 


Monday, October 26, 2020
6:00 p.m.  via Zoom



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Ballots are due on Tuesday, November 3


For your vote to count, ballots must be postmarked that day, or returned to an official ballot drop location by 8 p.m. More about ballot return locations in Island County can be found here 

Fire Chief John Clark welcomes the opportunity to provide a 20-30 minute presentation to   local groups and organizations about the fire district, the fire levy lid lift, and answer any questions. The fire district can also host a virtual meeting for your group using Zoom. If you would like to schedule a presentation with Chief Clark please contact him at 360-675-1131 or

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Meeting on Fire Levy Lid Lift

The Board of Fire Commissioners held a meeting open to the public on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.  

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Administration Office

770 NE Midway BLVD, Suite 201

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone:  (360) 675-1131

Fax: (360) 675-0762


In case of an emergency call 911.