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Fire District Two to seek levy lid lift

July 18th, 2013 - 6:18am

(Port Angeles) -- Voters in Clallam County Fire District 2 will be asked to raise the district's levy rate.

Commissioners this week unanimously supported a resolution to place a levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot.

The measure asks the 95-hundred voters in the Fire District to continue funding for four full-time firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians.

The positions are funded with a grant that expires next year, and represent the only full-time emergency responders that local residents have responding from the fire district.

071713 KARI LEVY VOICER The fire district currently has 40 volunteers and four full-time emergency personnel responding to an average of a thousand emergency calls a year.

Officials applied for a two-year grant to hire full-time firefighters when emergency response times had increased to 30 minutes in some cases because there were not enough personnel to respond.

Fire Chief Sam Phillips says the four full-time positions provided volunteers with some relief and helped to lower response times.

If approved in November, the lid lift would be 39 cents per one-thousand dollars of assessed value, or 6 dollars and 50 cents per month -- 78 dollars per year -- for the owner of a 200-thousand dollar home.

Funds will maintain current emergency service levels, including wages, safety gear, training, and some overtime for four full-time firefighter/E-M-T positions.

Fire District 2 currently has the lowest levy rate of any full service fire district in the county at 76 cents per one-thousand dollars of assessed property value.

The lid lift would be in addition to the regular fire levy, and would be collected in 2014 if approved by voters in November.

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