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EMS Levy Lid Lift

 

Thank You from Chief Kevin O’Brien

We would like to thank the Lake Stevens community for voting to pass a recent lid lift for our Emergency Medical Service program. EMS is the emergency service our community relies on most, and your support means we will be able to maintain service levels.

This is a period of growth for Lake Stevens, and our fire district is up to the challenge because of your support. I encourage you to read our Strategic Plan (available on our website under Publications / Plans & Reports) and learn how we plan to meet the increasing demand for emergency services.

Thank you for partnering with us to save lives and property. Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions or concerns at (425) 212-3044 or kobrien@lsfire.org.

Sincerely,
Chief Kevin O’Brien

EMS Levy Lid Lift

Lake 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).

Call 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.

In 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.

In 2016, 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 supplies.

MEDIA RELEASES COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
   

Community Levy Presentation
Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm
HQ Board Room
1825 S. Lake Stevens Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
*Everyone welcome!

Community Levy Presentation
Saturday, October 21, 10am
Station 82 Conference Room
9811 Chapel Hill Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
*Everyone welcome!

Community Levy Presentation
Tuesday, October 24, Noon
Station 82 Conference Room
9811 Chapel Hill Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
*Everyone welcome!

   

 

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