Lake Stevens Fire will consider asking voters to approve a levy lid lift for
emergency medical service (EMS). The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a
public process before making a final decision. Two public meetings in early
summer 2017 will be scheduled to take input from community members about the
Call volumes for EMS alone have increased 35 percent in six years. Revenue isn’t
keeping up with the demand for service. The fire district is limited to a one
percent revenue increase per year. However, the demand for and cost to provide
service is higher than that.
In addition, the levy funding the EMS program that voters approved in 2000 has
fallen from 50 cents to 32 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. An
18-cent “lid lift” would restore funding to 50 cents per $1,000 and cost the
owner of a $300,000 home an additional $54 per year ($4.50 per month).
In 2016, Lake Stevens Fire responded to 5,655 calls, and 76 percent were
EMS-related. The EMS lid lift would continue to fund Basic and Advanced Life
Support with 14 full-time and part-time firefighters and paramedics responding
24 hours a day. In addition to emergency personnel, funding is used to replace
ambulances, maintain existing apparatus, training and certifications, medical
equipment, and first aid supplies.