Does the city plan to reduce taxes to offset this cost?

Yes, to help offset the cost, the city will reduce its utility (water, sewer, stormwater drainage) tax from the current rate of 22% to 12% - a 46% decrease in the utility tax you pay.  For the average customer using 8 units of water and 6 units of sewer, the savings equates to $103 per year.   The reduction in utility tax is beneficial to both homeowners and renters.  The tax reduction, should annexation occur, was formalized by City Council on August 19, 2019 with Resolution #19-09.   

The remaining revenue will be used to fund better response times for fire and police (including investigative services and stronger traffic enforcement), more street maintenance and preservation projects, sidewalk repair and replacement, parks maintenance and planning for park and recreation facilities, and more programs and events that engage and strengthen community.

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1. What does it mean to annex to Clark County Fire District 3?
2. Doesn't the city already provide fire and emergency medical service?
3. Why doesn’t the city have its own fire department?
4. Has the city looked at contracting with other providers?
5. How much do property owners pay now, and would pay under annexation?
6. Does the city plan to reduce taxes to offset this cost?
7. What happens if annexation is approved?
8. What happens if annexation is not approved?
9. What is the current cost of the fire services contract?
10. Who votes on annexation?
11. Who pays for all the new growth in the City and the Fire District?
12. What happens to the Battle Ground Fire Station if annexation occurs?