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The current contract between the City of BG and FD3 defines the rate of payment to the fire district. This year, the city pays a rate of $1.35 per $1,000 per total calculated assessed value (AV) in the city ($2,195,935,698). We multiply the AV by the levy rate to determine the total amount paid for Fire/EMS service in the city this year: ($2,195,935,698 x .00135 = $2,964,513)
In the city of Battle Ground, residents do not pay a separate property tax for fire/EMS services. The city property tax you pay ($1.37 per 1,000 of your property’s assessed value) goes directly to the city’s General Fund that, in turn, pays for the Fire/EMS contract. The city’s General Fund - derived from property, utility and sales tax - also pays for police, parks and recreation, community development (planning, building, code compliance), and public works (streets and public facilities).
We can, however, apply the cost of the fire/EMS contract ($1.35 per $1,000 of assessed value) to an individual city of BG resident. Here are a couple examples:
Homeowner with property assessed at $310,000 (using the same profile as used in the Tax Comparison):
• The amount of property taxes utilized for Fire/EMS services this year is $418.50 (310,000 x .00135 = $418.50).
• The total amount of city property tax paid by this homeowner for city services, including Fire/EMS, is $424.70 (310,000 x .00137 = $424.70)
Homeowner with property assessed at $250,000:
• The amount of property taxes utilized for Fire/EMS services this year is $337.50 (250,000 x .00135 = $337.50).
• The total amount of city property tax paid by this homeowner for city services, including Fire/EMS, is $342.50. (250,000 x .00137 = $342.50)
From these examples, one can easily see that 99% of city property taxes paid is utilized for Fire/EMS services.
To learn more about the taxes you pay for city services, visit our Taxpayer Information page.
While the city is looking at the potential of annexation to FD3, what the entirety of a proposal would look like has not been determined – that is why we are seeking input from you.
Here is what we know: Should annexation occur, city residents would always pay the same levy rate as the property owners within FD3’s jurisdiction. This year that levy rate is $1.35.
The Fire/EMS Annexation survey addresses this very question about net tax increase. The survey asks residents if they prefer to utilize revenue on needed services (police, streets, parks); lower city tax rates to offset the cost of annexation; or perhaps something in between – lowering taxes by about half and the balance going to support police services and street and parks maintenance.
Yes. Should the city and the fire district choose to seek annexation, a ballot measure would be presented for a vote of the people in both the city of Battle Ground and within Fire District 3’s jurisdiction.
The current agreement between the City of BG and FD 3 to provide Fire/EMS services within the city expires in December of 2021. Contract renegotiations will begin early next year (2020) in order to appropriately plan for 2021’s budget.
The city has done its due diligence and explored this option. The estimated startup cost to develop a new Fire/EMS Department is nearly $7 million. This amount does not include the ongoing annual operational costs of an estimated $2.5 to $2.8 million. It is considerably more efficient for an established fire/EMS district to provide services.