Stevens Fire will ask voters to approve a levy lid lift
for emergency medical service (EMS). If approved by
voters, the lid lift would cost the owner of a $300,000
home an additional $54 per year ($4.50 per month).
volumes for EMS alone have increased 35 percent in six
years. Revenue isn’t keeping up with the demand for
service. The fire district is limited to a one percent
revenue increase per year. However, the demand for and
cost to provide service is higher than that.
addition, the levy funding the EMS program that voters
approved in 2000 has fallen from 50 cents to 32 cents
per $1,000 of assessed property value. An 18-cent “lid
lift” would restore funding to 50 cents per $1,000.
Lake Stevens Fire responded to 5,655 calls, and 76
percent were EMS-related. The EMS lid lift would
continue to fund Basic and Advanced Life Support with 14
full-time and part-time firefighters and paramedics
responding 24 hours a day. In addition to emergency
personnel, funding is used to replace ambulances,
maintain existing apparatus, training and
certifications, medical equipment, and first aid