WENATCHEE- Chelan County Fire District One officials are hopeful voters will agree to lift the district’s property tax levy lid to help cover increased costs for services.
Chief Mike Burnett explained the levy proposal earlier this Spring with NCWLIFE News Director Steve Hair…
“Right now we’re at $1.37 per thousand and we’re asking them to go to $1.42 per thousand, with the capabilities over the next six years going as high as $1.50,” Burnett said. “Our goal is to bring on wildland firefighters, seasonal firefighters starting next year. Then the second year of the levy we want to fund and continue funding some positions we got off of a grant, it’s called a SAFER grant, it’s a federal grant that funds six [firefighting] positions.”
The fire district was awarded that grant in late 2016, allowing them to bring on additional firefighters for 2017. The hope is to use the levy to keep those six grant-funded firefighters on board moving forward, Burnett said.
“There is a lot of different things that are going on in the organization right now. The funding is in place for the fire stations we are currently working on, the replacement at the bottom of Squilchuck that was partially funded by a grant,” Burnett said. “And then, we just closed on the old Prospector Pies location that will be our central fire station two years from now.”