Emergency Medical Services Levy
EMS funding request on August ballot
South County Fire is submitting to the voters a proposition a levy for Emergency Medical Service at the rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposal will be on the August Primary Election ballot.
In August 2017, voters in the City of Lynnwood and Snohomish County Fire District 1 formed the Regional Fire Authority that is South County Fire. However, EMS has continued to be funded through separate levies paid to the city and fire district.
If approved, this EMS Levy will replace the two levies that now fund South Snohomish County Fire. The rate is still capped at 50 cents/$1,000, the level which voters have approved before in both jurisdictions.
Why is the EMS levy needed?
Emergency call volumes have increased 34% in the last five years for homes and businesses served by the fire authority. More calls mean added costs for personnel, apparatus, maintenance, medical supplies and equipment.
Medical calls account for 85% of all 911 calls to South County Fire. Renewing an EMS Levy will maintain current emergency service levels, including the purchase and staffing of another ambulance to respond during peak call times. The levy also will continue both Basic and Advanced Life Support – the highest standard of care – for the Regional Fire Authority residents.