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Director/Training Coordinator: Josh Pelonio


2018 EMS Levy FAQ's

Does the EMS Levy cover all of Skagit County?


How often does the EMS Levy happen?

Every six years. The current EMS Levy expires at the end of 2018. The new levy will be for six years of funding, 2019-2024.

I’m a homeowner. How much will this cost per year?

The levy rate will be a maximum of $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a $262,000 home, it would cost $115.28 per year, an increase of roughly $17 per year compared to the current maximum allowable rate.

Why is this a property tax, not a sales tax?

Current statutes do not allow us to enact a special sales tax solely to fund EMS services. However, RCW 84.52.069 allows jurisdictions to levy a property tax up to $0.50 per $1,000 assessed value. Any tax imposed under this section may be used only for the provision of emergency medical care or emergency medical services, including related personnel costs, training for such personnel, and related equipment, supplies, vehicles and structures needed for the provision of emergency medical care or emergency medical services.

Is there a senior citizen exemption?

Senior citizens, age 61 and older by December 31, 2018, as well as disabled persons, with a combined income of less than $40,000 a year may be exempt from all or part of special levy taxes. Call the Skagit County Assessor’s Office at 360-416-1780 for more information.