East County Fire and Rescue to ask for EMS Levy Renewal on August Ballot
CAMAS, WA – The Board of Fire Commissioners for East County Fire and Rescue voted unanimously to ask voters to continue the EMS levy on the August Primary Election ballot. If approved by voters, the renewed EMS levy will continue to provide ambulance service to the Fire District.
In 2014 East County Fire and Rescue voters approved a six year $0.35 per $1000 of assessed value Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Levy. The 2014 EMS Levy will expire at the end of this year unless the voters approve this measure.
If approved by the voters, this measure will authorize East County Fire and Rescue to continue its EMS property tax levy for another six years at a rate not to exceed $0.35 per $1000 of assessed valuation.
Approval of the levy will continue to fund the paramedic ambulance response within the Fire District.
The Board of Commissioners have determined that providing those services and renewing the agreement with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department to provide paramedic ambulance services to the Fire District over the next six years requires revenues for maintenance, operations, equipment and personnel in excess of those which can be provided by the District’s regular property fire tax levy.
The EMS levy helps the District to obtain, operate and maintain emergency medical vehicles and facilities manned by properly trained emergency medical technicians and other medically trained personnel. The levy helps to obtain consumable medical supplies and medical appliances to equip those vehicles and facilities and provide the level of service deemed necessary by the Board of Commissioners.