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Fire District 2 to ask Commissioners for levy lid lift

June 14th, 2013 - 3:00am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam Fire District 2 will ask their Commissioners to approve a levy lid lift to keep the funding to pay the salaries to four full-time fire fighters.

Up to now, the money for those firefighter positions has been from grant funding, but that grant is set to expire in the coming year.

The current grant allowed Fire District 2 to bolster their full-time ranks and supplement their 40 volunteer firefighters, who were becoming overwhelmed by the number of emergency calls each year.

Emergency calls average one-thousand per year for Fire District 2, which services 9,500 people in an 85 square mile area and the addition of the four full-time firefighters helped to lower response times for those calls.

Fire Chief Sam Phillips estimates that the levy lid lift would result in an additional $78.00 per year for a homeowner, based on a home value of $200,000.

The additional funds would cover the expiring grant, and maintain current emergency service levels, wages, safety gear, training and some overtime.

Currently, Fire District 2 has the lowest levy rate of any fire district in the county, at 76-cents per $1000 of assessed property value.

The public is invited to share their input to the upcoming fire commissioners meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, at their administrative offices located at 102 East 5th Street in Port Angeles.

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

Those unable to attend can contact the Chief with their input at 417-4790.

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