EMS Levy Renewal; Ballots Arriving Soon – July 8, 2015

The August 4th, 2015, primary election is still almost a month away, but ballots should be arriving in voters’ mailboxes next week. Camano Island Fire and Rescue would like to remind everyone that it is presenting an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy renewal on the upcoming election ballot. The levy funds EMS Services and must be renewed every 6 years. The current EMS Levy was last approved by voters in 2009 and will expire at the end of this year.

“More than 70% of our calls are for emergency medical services, and that levy expires this year,” said CIFR Chief Michael Schick. “Our top priority is asking voters to renew the EMS Levy on the August Primary Election ballot” he emphasized.

The current levy rate is $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. The District is seeking to renew the levy at the same rate. This means that the owner of a home assessed at $260,000 (the average home value on Camano Island) would continue to pay $130 in taxes each year.

“We want to emphasize to our residents that we are not asking for a new levy or a levy increase,” said Chief Schick. “This ballot is to renew our existing levy, which is expiring, enabling us to sustain the current level of emergency medical services to our community” he explained.

The EMS Levy currently generates almost $1.5 million, nearly a third of the District’s annual budget. One hundred percent of levy funds help to support EMS services including: purchasing medical supplies and equipment, medic units, training, and paramedic salaries.