The Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association Board has voted to support a YES vote on the Clark County Fire District 6 Lid Lift request.
Clark County Fire District 6 will ask voters to approve a levy lid lift to restore funding for emergency services. According to the District, call volumes have skyrocketed by 31.25% in 10 years, and 10% in the past year alone, as has the cost to provide emergency services. Firefighter training, medical care, replacing facilities, engines and equipment costs are out of the direct control of the District, but represent real needs for our community. The District has cut expenses by $385,225, postponed vehicle and facility replacements, and has drawn down the reserve account from $1.7 million to a low of $250,000 – all to maintain emergency service levels.
Since 1995, Fire District 6’s levy has fallen from $1.50 to $1.27 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. “Lifting the lid” back to $1.50 would restore revenue the fire district needs to fund daily operations, replace aging apparatus, make facility improvements, and improve firefighter safety and training without going into debt. The lid lift is estimated to cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $4.79 per month or $57.50 per year. This amount would be sufficient to fund daily emergency operations and the reserve account to replace aging apparatus, make facilities improvements, and improve firefighter safety and training.
The attached documents provide much more detail about the proposed lid lift.
The Association Board recommends a YES vote on November 3 for this measure.