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Fire Levy

THANK YOU FROM YOUR FIRE CHIEF:

 On behalf of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, I want to thank the community for approving our fire levy lid lift. This funding is critical to maintaining emergency service levels for the people we serve.

 

 Your vote returned the fire levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate voters approved in 2007. By law, the fire levy cannot go above $1.50/$1,000.

  

We look forward to reporting back to our community about how these tax dollars are spent to save lives and property. In the meantime, thank you again for supporting Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue. We are truly grateful.

 

 Chief John Sinclair

 

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 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 fell to $1.40/$1,000. In the same time period, call volumes increased almost 50 percent. The fire district experienced more back-to-back emergency calls, which added to this demand.

  

The 10-cent lid lift will 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 held a series of public meetings to answer questions about the lid lift:

 

Saturday, October 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m.

(Meetings were held at Station 29)

 

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

Daily Record – October 31, 2018
Fire Levy Lift: Understanding ballot language
https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/fire-levy-lid-lift-understanding-ballot-language/article_1c65f039-eff4-5958-97a5-471a7bd43bcc.html

 Daily Record - November 7, 2018

 KVFR LEVY LID IN LEAD

 https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/election/gop-to-hold-onto-th-district-seat/article_7cab022e-07d9-58fe-9927-2e71d94af92a.html

MEDIA RELEASES

KVFR announces public meetings 

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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Shannon Hill
400 East Mtn. View Ellensburg, WA 98926

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