Fire & Emergency Medical Services
Fire/EMS Services Contracted through December 31, 2020
Currently, the City of Battle Ground contracts with Fire District 3 to provide fire and emergency medical services to residents and businesses. The cost of the contract, which is set to expire on December 31, 2020, is paid for from the city’s General Fund.
Voters Approve Annexation to Fire District 3
Direct Fire/EMS Services begin January 1, 2021
In February of 2020, voters approved a ballot measure to annex into Fire District 3. The area within city limits is now part of Fire District 3’s jurisdiction. Beginning in January 2021, property owners within the city limits will pay directly for fire/EMS to the fire district at the same rate as current district residents, projected to be $1.30 per thousand of assessed value.
Connect to this page to view information about fire annexation and the February 11, 2020 ballot measure asking voters if the City of Battle Ground should annex into Fire District 3.
Fire Annexation Ballot Measure
Official results of the February 11, 2020 ballot measure, City of Battle Ground Proposition 1: Shall the City of Battle Ground be annexed to and be part of Clark County Fire District No. 3?
Annexation Update: Moving Forward
Thank you again for allowing the City of Battle Ground to annex to Clark County Fire District 3. We appreciated the questions and dialogue leading up to the February 2020 special election and hope it continues.
We want to share with you how we have moved forward with the annexation and what you can expect.
Annexation of the city to Fire District 3 became effective on February 21, 2020 when the special election ballot results became official. The current contract for services between the city and fire district will expire on December 31, 2020.
Property owners in the city will see a new fire levy on their property tax statements in 2021. A city utility tax rate decrease (22% to 12%), to help offset the cost of the fire levy, became effective in June of 2020. Originally scheduled to take effect in January of 2021, the Battle Ground City Council took action to decrease the the tax rate 7 months early in response to the impacts of COVID-19.
Fire District 3 continues operate out of the city-owned fire station located at 504 SW 1st Street. They lease the facility for $1 a month. The city has transferred ownership of its two fire engines to the district and has conveyed unimproved property within the city to Fire District 3 for a future station at the appropriate time. The city will maintain ownership of the existing station as part of its public safety complex.
The city is moving forward with planning for improvements to police, roads, parks and trails and will begin to implement those improvements as revenue is received in 2021. We are excited to share information with you as these projects take shape and provide enhanced services for our community.
As always, please let us know if you have questions. Thank you!