Thank you again for allowing the City of Battle Ground to annex to Clark County Fire District 3. We appreciated the questions and dialogue over the past several months and hope that it will continue.
We want to share with you next steps to finalize the annexation. By state law, the annexation will take effect on January 1, 2021. This provides us with the time needed to finalize administrative details, such as working with the county to certify the new boundary of Fire District 3.
Property owners in the City will see a new fire levy on their property tax statements in February 2021. The utility tax decrease will take effect for all City water, sewer and stormwater customers beginning with their January 2021 billing.
District property owners already pay a fire levy. Their property tax statements will continue to reflect this.
Under the annexation agreement, Fire District 3 will continue to lease the City-owned fire station for $1 a month. The City will transfer ownership of its two fire engines to the District and will convey unimproved property within the city to the District 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 will move forward with planning for improvements to police, roads, parks and trails and 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!