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March 21, 2018

Learn about proposed EMS levy increase April 9; share comments April 16

INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC MEETING
10 a.m. Monday, April 9
Commissioners’ Hearing Room
1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon

FORMAL PUBLIC HEARING
10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16
Commissioners’ Hearing Room
1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon

On Monday, March 12, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a public hearing to consider a proposition that would continue the Emergency Medical Services Levy. If approved, Skagit County Proposition 1 would appear on the August 2018 primary ballot. 

The resolution considers an increase in the Emergency Medical Services levy rate from $.375 per $1,000 of assessed value to $.44 per $1,000 of assessed value – an increase of roughly $17 more per year on a $262,000 home. The current EMS levy expires at the end of 2018.

“The cost of providing care goes up every year,” said EMS Director Jeff Sargent. “Our population continues to grow – and age – and that adds cost, too. The new levy rate will help us maintain a high standard of care and ensure our system runs as efficiently as possible.”

Sargent will provide information about the current services EMS provides to county residents, along with information about current provider budgets and calls for service, at a public meeting set for 10 a.m. Monday, April 9, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

Watch the March 12 Board of Commissioners’ session calling for a public presentation and hearing,

For questions or more details, please contact Jeff Sargent at jsargent@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1830.