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 considering 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.
Upcoming Public Meetings
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold two public meetings for community members to weigh in on the Fire Levy lid lift proposal.
If you are unable to attend either meeting, please send your comments to Chief O’Brien. All communication is welcome and becomes part of the official record.
Chief Kevin O’Brien
Lake Stevens Fire
1825 South Lake Stevens Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Media Releases / Fire Levy Lid Lift
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.
2015-2016 Financial Statements Audit Report (PDF)
2015-2016 Accountability Audit Report (PDF)
WA State Audit Report (PDF)
2018 Annual Budget Authorization (PDF)
2018 General Expense Fund Expense and Revenue Budgets (PDF)
2018 Capital Initiative Fund Expense and Revenue Budgets (PDF)
2018 Capital Replacement Fund Expense and Revenue Budgets (PDF)
2018 Strategic Fund Expense and Revenue Budgets (PDF)
2018 Emergency Contingency Fund Revenue Budget (PDF)
2017 Budget Summary (PDF)
2017 Capital Project Fund Budget (PDF)
2017 Emergency Contingency Fund Budget (PDF)
2017 General Expense Fund Budget (PDF)
2017 Strategic Fund Budget (PDF)
WSRB Report 2014 (PDF)