Voters in North Olympia Fire District 7 will be asked to approve two proposals on the November ballot: one to merge with Fire South Bay District 8, and one to raise their levy rate from $1.33 to $1.50. Both proposals must pass for the merger to proceed.
The Thurston County Fire Commissioners’ Association endorses the merger of these two fire districts and encourages District 7 voters to vote yes on both of these proposals. The mission of the Thurston County Fire Commissioners’ Association is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fire districts in the county.
Consolidation is a major trend in today’s fire service and many fire districts have obtained economies of scale and improved operational effectiveness by joining together. Fire Districts 7 and 8 have similar demographics, share common geography, and work closely together to coordinate emergency response: their combination is a natural fit.
The levy increase to $1.50 would match District 8’s current levy and bring District 7 in line with most other districts. This level of funding is needed to provide service that meets current regulatory requirements.
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By voting yes on both proposals, District 7 voters can assure their fire service meets today’s standards and is on par with the rest of the county.