Fire & Emergency Medical Services

Fire District 3 Paramedic

Unlike other cities in Clark County, the city of Battle Ground contracts for Fire/EMS.  The cost of the contract with Fire District 3 is paid out of the city’s general fund along with all other services, including police, streets, community development and parks and recreation. 

In 2019, the cost of the contract equates to 98.5% of the city’s property tax revenue and is projected to exceed that amount by 2021.  This means city services, including emergency services, would have to be cut to maintain a balanced budget.

Fire Annexation

Voters will be asked if the City of Battle Ground should annex into and be part of Fire District 3 on the February 11, 2020 Special Election Ballot.  

Annexations means that the area within city limits would become part of Fire District 3’s jurisdiction. Property owners within the city would pay for fire/EMS directly to the fire district at the same rate as current district residents - projected to be $1.30 per thousand of assessed value in 2021 when annexation would take effect.

To help offset the cost, the city will reduce its water, sewer, stormwater drainage Annexation Calculator  Opens in new windowutility tax from the current rate of 22% to 12% -  a 46% decrease in the utility tax residents pay.  Use the Annexation Calculator to estimate your net annual increase/decrease in taxes. **If the Annexation Calculator does not work with your browser, simply download it and open with Adobe Reader**  

Annexation protects emergency services and enables the fire district to make long-term investments to maintain emergency service levels and response times. It also would help the city fund stronger policing efforts, better streets, parks maintenance and programs that build community. Under annexation, city residents would also be able to vote on fire district matters such as commissioners, levies, and bonds, which they currently can’t do.