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EMS Levy Lid Lift


Lake Stevens Fire will consider asking voters to approve a levy lid lift for emergency medical service (EMS). The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a public process before making a final decision. Two public meetings in early summer 2017 will be scheduled to take input from community members about the idea.

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 and cost the owner of a $300,000 home an additional $54 per year ($4.50 per month).

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.




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