The elected fire commissioners will place a request on the November 2023 ballot for voters to approve an increase to the levy assessed to property owners for fire protection, increasing the levy to $1.20 per $1000 of assessed value.
Currently, the levy rate is $0.75 per $1000 of assessed value
In 2022, we responded to 1400 calls for service in the Sumas, Kendall and Welcome communities. This is up 23% from 2015, the last time voters approved an increase to our levy.
Call type breakdown:
In addition to emergency calls, our career and volunteer firefighters complete the training required to maintain proficiency, teach community first aid & CPR classes throughout the year, as well as maintain our apparatus and equipment in fighting shape.
The fire district is funded in three major ways (2023);
Voters last approved a levy lid of $1.30 per $1000 of assessed value in 2015. Since then, the levy rate has dropped to $0.75.
If passed, the yearly increase in taxes is listed below
Yes, voters in the county did vote yes to continue the Whatcom County EMS levy, which primarily funds the 5 Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) ambulances in our county. These units are operated by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County Fire District 7.
In addition to funding the county's fire/EMS dispatch center, and a combined patient reporting system, the Whatcom EMS levy will make up $63,293.56, or just 6% of our budget.
We have a long track record of being responsible with your tax dollars. To that end, since the last increase in 2015, in order to not increase taxes, we've done the following:
For more information on the levy, please contact either Chief Jerry DeBruin, or Assistant Chief David Moe at (360) 599-2823, and we'd be happy to discuss it with you!
Additionally, watch our Facebook page for dates for upcoming open houses at our stations, in addition to other venues to discuss the upcoming vote.