2016 Budget Discussion Underway – Oct. 15, 2015

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Camano Island Fire and Rescue started budget discussions for 2016 during its last meeting. The public is encouraged to attend an upcoming public hearing on the budget and learn how the fire district prioritizes spending for emergency services.

The public hearing will be on Monday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Administration Office, 811 North Sunrise Boulevard, Camano Island, Wash. 98282. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about the budget and share their opinions about the spending priorities.

“We are transparent in how we make decisions about spending for emergency services,” said Fire Chief Michael Schick. “We hope the community will come ask questions and learn more about their fire district.”

A draft copy of the 2016 budget is available on the fire district’s web site under the “Resources” tab. Local residents who are unable to attend the public hearing may send their questions or comments to Chief Schick at [email protected].

For 2016, the fire district is anticipating revenues of $5,727,705. This amount includes a $95,000 grant CIFR received from the federal government to purchase new hoses.

Expenditures are anticipated to be $5,726,896 for 2016. Spending priorities include establishing a community paramedicine program, finalizing the Strategic Plan, increasing community CPR programs, and recruiting additional volunteer firefighters. The fire district also expects to take delivery of two ambulances and a water tender as part of its apparatus replacement program.

CIFR operates under a balanced budget, and has a history of passing its financial and accountability audits by the state. The board will vote on final passage of the 2016 budget at its regular meeting on November 9.

Camano Island Fire and Rescue provides fire suppression, emergency medical service and technical rescue to 16,000 people over 40 square miles. Forty-nine full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters responded to 1,828 calls in 2014, 71.6% of which were EMS-related.