Lake Stevens Fire Invites Community to Public Budget Hearing
The Lake Stevens community is invited to attend a Special Commissioner Meeting for a Public Budget Hearing scheduled for 5:30pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Lake Stevens Fire HQ Board Room located at 1825 South Lake Stevens Road, Lake Stevens, WA.
The goal of this meeting will be to address the following topics: Draft 2019 Expense Fund, Draft 2019 Capital Initiative Fund, Draft 2019 Capital Replacement Fund, Draft 2019 Strategic Fund, and Draft 2019 Emergency Contingency Fund. This meeting will provide an opportunity for community members to ask their questions prior to the adoption of the 2019 Budget.
Once the 2019 Budget has been approved, it will be posted on our website. Please feel free to contact Chief Kevin O'Brien with any questions about this process at 425.334.3034.
August 14, 2018 - Lake Stevens Fire is grateful for the show of support from our community for our recent fire levy lid lift. Your approval of this request means that we will be able to maintain emergency service levels that our community has come to expect of our fire district.
Our goal has been to restore funding for our EMS program and fire/rescue service. The Lake Stevens community has supported these two ballot measures, and we are extremely grateful.
Being diligent stewards of taxpayer dollars is at the forefront of our operations. Lake Stevens Fire will continually seek innovative and cost effective methods to serve people, save lives, protect property, and safeguard the environment.
Jim Steinruck, Commission Chair and Kevin O'Brien, Fire Chief
Lake Stevens Fire
Fire District Funding
The fire district is limited to roughly the same amount of revenue each year plus a 1% annual increase. If the demand for emergency services exceeds the revenue to provide them, voters are asked to increase funding by returning the levy rates to a previous amount through a “levy lid lift.”
Our fire district is proud to be debt free, operates under a balanced budget and has a long history of passing its independent audits by the state.
We want to maintain emergency service levels for our community.
Lake Stevens Fire had an 8.33% increase in call volumes for 2017. That makes a 31.5% increase in the last five years. Additional staffing is required to maintain emergency response times and service levels for our community. State law limits revenue increases to 1% per year, which is not keeping up with the demand for service.
2018 Fire Levy Lid Lift
To respond to the demand for service, the fire district is asking voters to authorize a Fire Levy lid lift during the August 7 Primary Election. Funding would be used to maintain emergency service levels, which includes providing additional staffing at Station 82 on Chapel Hill Road.
Voters approved an EMS Levy lid lift in 2017. However, the last time voters approved a Fire Levy lid lift, which provides a majority of funding for emergency services in the community, was in 2007.
If approved by voters, the proposed 27-cent lid lift would return the fire levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That would mean an additional $7.31 per month ($87.75 per year) for the owner of a $325,000 home.
Click here to identify the additional amount you would pay based on the assessed value of your property.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to questions you might have about the Fire Levy Lid Lift here. (Link to pdf)
Media Releases / Fire Levy Lid Lift
Letter to the Editor from Commission Chair and Fire Chief (PDF) - August 14, 2018
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 5 (PDF) - July 24, 2018
Fire Levy Lid Lift FAQ Card (PDF) - July 19, 2018
Questions About the Fire Levy Lid Lift? (PDF) - July 11, 2018
Fire Levy Lid Lift Video - July 5, 2018
Fire Levy Lid Lift Update (PDF) - June 14, 2018
Fire Chief Available to Speak on Fire Levy Lid Lift (PDF) - May 17, 2018
Board Passes Resolution for Fire Levy Lid Lift (PDF) - April 25, 2018
Opinion Editorial from President Defenbaugh (PDF) - April 9, 2018
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 4 (PDF) - March 26, 2018
Lake Stevens Fire Holds Meetings on Fire Levy (PDF) - March 22, 2018
Opinion Editorial from the Chief (PDF) - March 5, 2018
Call Volumes Continue to Increase for Lake Stevens Fire (PDF) - February 22, 2018
Media Releases / EMS Levy Lid Lift
EMS Levy Lid Lift Update (PDF) - December 14, 2017
Letter to the Editor from Commissioner Steinruck - December 12, 2017
Letter to the Editor from the Chief - November 8, 2017
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 3 (PDF) - October 27, 2017
Public Meetings re EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) - October 5, 2017
EMS Saves Lives (PDF) - September 21, 2017
Letter to the Editor from the Chief (PDF) — August 24, 2017
Call Volumes up 7.3% for Lake Stevens Fire YTD (PDF) — August 10, 2017
Grants and Partnerships Help Supplement Funding for Lake Stevens Fire (PDF) — July 27, 2017
Letter to the Editor (PDF) — June 30, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners Passes EMS Levy Lid Lift Resolution (PDF) — June 15, 2017
Fire Strategic Plan Includes Emergency Services (PDF) — May 24, 2017
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 2 (PDF) — May 23, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners to Consider Resolution for EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) — May 18, 2017
Board of Fire Commissioners will consider EMS Levy Lid Lift (PDF) — March 23, 2017
Lake Stevens Fire: Emergency Call Volumes Up 35% in Past Six Years (PDF) — January 26, 2017
Dispatch Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 1 (PDF) — December 2, 2016
For more information on budgets and expenses, see the reports below.
2017 Financial Statements Audit Report (PDF)
2015-2016 Financial Statements Audit Report (PDF)
2015-2016 Accountability Audit Report (PDF)
2011-2012 WA State Audit Report (PDF)
2009-2010 WA State Audit Report (PDF)
2019 Budget Summary (PDF)
2019 General Expense Fund Budget (PDF)
2019 Capital Initiative Fund Budget (PDF)
2019 Capital Replacement Fund Budget (PDF)
2019 Strategic Fund Budget (PDF)
2019 Emergency Contingency Fund Budget (PDF)
2018 Budget Summary (PDF)
WSRB Report 2014 (PDF)