Bond Proposal on November Election Ballot
COUPEVILLE, WASH. – Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue is asking voters to consider a bond during the November election to renovate one station and replace three fire engines. These capital projects would result in faster response times, improved firefighter health and safety, and protect the fire district’s insurance rating for home and business owners. The bond would cost $0.22 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or approximately $5.50 per month ($66 per year) for the owner of a $300,000 home.
Emergency call volumes are running 15% higher over last year’s numbers, and have increased over 50% in the past seven years. The fire district requires more space for daily operations, and plans to double the size of Station 53 on Race Road from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. Adding on to an existing station will save taxpayers approximately $1 million compared to building a new facility.