What happens if annexation is not approved?

The fire/EMS services contract will exceed the city’s property tax collection revenues by 2021. Without annexation, emergency service levels would have to be reduced for the city to maintain a balanced budget.  The city has discussed what these and other service level cuts would be, including:

  • Cuts to personnel in fire and police, which means longer response times
    • For fire services:
      • Reducing types of calls responded to, such as falls at care facilities in the City
      • Reduced day time staffing at the City fire station 
      • Eliminating community service programs, such as free blood pressure checks, station tours, National Night Out, open houses, free smoke alarm installation, school prevention programs, and career night
      • Eliminating fire safety and prevention services in local schools
    • For police services:
      • Investigative priority will be crimes of violence and property crimes with known suspects; investigations will be delayed due to fewer staffing resources
      • Reduction in traffic enforcement and other community patrols
      • No police response to traffic accidents except for injuries and DUIs
      • No in-person police response for theft, fraud, vandalism where there is no suspect information (on-line reporting only) 
      • No police response to drug and vice complaints
      • Cuts to police participation in community events such as the downtown Halloween event, police station tours, National Night Out, Shop with a Cop, K-9 presentations, and Drug Take Back Days
  • Higher insurance premiums for home and business owners due to lower levels of emergency services 
  • Less street maintenance and preservation projects and street sweeping 
  • Infrequent mowing and watering of parks; closure of splash pads
  • Cuts to community center hours as well as summer playground and holiday programs and activities.

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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?