Finance

Value of Assets Protected: $1,087,539,028 Current Tax Rate for Fire Levy: $1.50 per $1,000

6-year EMS Levy: $0.50 per $1,000 (Due for reassessment and vote in 2020)

Budget: Pacific County Fire District 1 prepares an annual budget that serves as a financial plan as well as a policy document and operational guide.

2016 Fiscal Year Adopted Budget: $2,720,865.

To view a complete copy of the current or previous year’s Budget Documents please call 360-665-4451.

 

EMS Levies: EMS Levies have been a necessary component to the growth of the Fire District. Because roughly 85% of or emergency calls are EMS calls, voting residents of the Fire District have recognized the need to fund improvements to the EMS Division of the District. Since 1986 there has been an EMS levy in place.

In May of 1986, voters approved the first EMS Levy of $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value, for a term of 6 years. These funds were used for an addition to the Ocean Park fire station for housing ambulances and aid vehicles; training for medical responders; and the purchase of two 4×4 patient transport-capable rescue vehicles, both of which are still in service today.

In September of 1992, voters of the District approved a new 6 year levy, for the same rate of $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. This allowed the District to continue to improve the level of EMS by training additional responders and by providing quality continuing medical education for those personnel who were already medically trained.

In February of 1996, two years before the 1992 levy’s end, the Board of Commissioners decided that there was a need for Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic service to be based in Ocean Park. The voters agreed, and approved a levy for $0.50 per $1,000 assessed value. This levy voided the last 2 years of the previous one. The District used the monies to contract with an outside company to provide an ALS staffed ambulance. In 1998 Fire District 1 realized the District could use this funding to provide more constant and comprehensive service through a combination of volunteers, paid EMTs and Paramedics. By staffing their own ambulances, Fire District 1 was able to implement the plan without needing to ask for a further increase in the EMS Levy.

In February of 2002, the voters again entrusted the District with a continuation of the EMS Levy for $0.50 per $1,000 assessed value for the years 2003 through 2008. And in 2008, the Fire District asked its voters to renew the EMS levy for at the same rate of  $0.50 per $1,000.00 of assessed value. The voters approved the levy which has allowed the District to continue to deliver a high level of EMS services, as well as meet the growing needs of our community. And in 2014, the Fire District again asked its voters to approve  the an EMS levy at the same rate of $0.50 per $1,000.00 of assessed value. The voters approved the levy by an overwhelming 78%. Community growth is reflected by the increase in the number of EMS calls since 1986. In that year the Fire District answered 306 EMS aid calls. In 2015, EMS responders answered 1,771 EMS aid calls.

By carefully balancing the levy money and ambulance user fees, the Fire District has been able to provide a high quality, efficient EMS service that is as up-to-date as any service found in the major metropolitan areas in the Northwest.