YOU FROM YOUR FIRE CHIEF:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
fire district held a series of public meetings to answer questions about the
October 20 at 9:30 a.m.
October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
October 27 at 10:00 a.m.
were held at Station 29)
IN THE NEWS:
KIMA TV - August 15, 2018
Levy to help fund Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue added to
KAPP TV - August 15, 2018
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue commissioners to place levy
on November ballot
Daily Record - August 16, 2018
KVFR files to have fire levy lift lid placed on November
Daily Record – October 31, 2018
Fire Levy Lift: Understanding ballot language
Record - November 7, 2018
LEVY LID IN LEAD
KVFR announces public meetings
KVFR passes financial and accountability audit
Board Files Resolution for Fire Levy Lid Lift - August 14, 2018
Board Filed Resolution
Answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Lid Lift
KVFR: Update on Emergency Services 2018