$3.7 million For One First Responder

While the news is bad, it is not this bad immediately. The levy lift increases property taxes by $1.4 the first year during which one first responder will be added to each shift. This increase balloons to $3.7 million in year 6. Will one additional first responder make that much difference when added to a team of 5 firefighters/EMTs, three command staff, Two Medic One Paramedics and 15-17 volunteers?

Since there are more appropriate loans and bonds available to finance vehicles and facilities, a 68% increase in taxes is not needed to protect an island when incidents and especially EMS are not increasing. Check out the details below:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA region, has increased by 18.8% over the past five years (2018-2022). During the same time, the VIFR levy increased by 116.6%.