VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Olympic View Community

Thursday, September 24
The webinar begins at 6:00 p.m.

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or join us on Facebook Live at 6:00 p.m.!

Questions about the Bond Proposal?

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is holding a series of virtual town hall meetings to share information and answer questions about future station improvements. The fire district is asking voters to approve a facilities bond during the November 3 General Election for the health and safety of the Central Kitsap community and its firefighters.

The public is welcome to participate in any virtual town hall meeting. However, they have been organized by specific communities to provide information about facilities serving those areas:

  • Thurday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. – North Perry (Click here to watch the video recording!)
  • Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Olympic View
  • Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. – Seabeck
  • Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Lake Symington

Facilities Bond Proposal

To address our community’s unprecedented growth and increasing numbers of emergency calls, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue implemented plans for more staffing and to replace key emergency apparatus.  The next step is addressing facility needs to improve community and firefighter safety. Over the past several years, we have worked with community members to develop a Capital Facilities plan that would reduce response times, improve firefighter health and safety, and shelter expensive apparatus.

Fire station locations and requirements are different than when we formed in 1942. Many of our stations are nearly 60 years old. None are up to current seismic standards, and could collapse in an earthquake. Several are located significant distances away from populated areas, which increases response times.

We also want to provide a safer operating environment for the firefighters who serve our community. Cancer is a leading cause of death for firefighters. Stations lack effective diesel exhaust removal systems and decontamination areas to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens and infectious diseases. Many facilities also do not have security systems, commercial fire alarms or sprinklers.

Our original plan was to ask voters to approve a bond during the August Primary Election this year. We delayed that request due to economic uncertainty from COVID-19. Now, the Fire District is asking voters to approve a facilities bond during the November 3 General Election. (A full list of station areas and improvements can be found here.)

Timing of the bond is important to minimize impacts to taxpayers. Two other taxing levies for emergency services will have expired at the point the facilities bond would take effect in 2021. We have completed the design and site work for most of these projects, which means they are “shovel ready” and would also help with economic recovery for our area.

The facilities bond is projected to be 32 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value (or no more than $96 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home). The bond would last for 20 years, but these stations would serve our community for the next 60 years. The following chart shows how the property taxes you pay to the Fire District would compare with the facilities bond. Rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value:

Levy Measure 2019 2020 2021*
Fire & EMS $1.90 $1.76 $1.86
Maintenance & Operations Levy $0.19 0 0
Apparatus Bond $0.16 $0.11 0
Facilities Bond $0.32
  Total $2.25 $1.87 $2.18
*Projected based on current data.

BOND NEWS & INFORMATION

September 17, 2020 | CKFR Media Release “Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Central Kitsap School District Sign Interlocal Agreement”

September 10, 2020 | CKFR Media Release “Virtual Town Halls Planned to Discuss Station Improvements”

Frequently Asked Questions (link to PDF)

August 20, 2020 | Kitsap Sun Opinion Article “Public involvement in upcoming Central Kitsap fire bond”

CKFR Community Update Presentation (revised August 2020)

July 28, 2020 | CKFR Press Release “Board of Fire Commissioners Passes Bond Resolution”

July 24, 2020 | Kitsap Sun Article “Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue proposes bond to build new stations

July 21, 2020 | CKFR Press Release “Board of Fire Commissioners to Meet on Bond Resolution”

2020 Summer CKFR Siren Newsletter

April 28, 2020 | CKFR Media Release “Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Postpones Facilities Bond Request”

March 12, 2020 | CKFR Media Release “Public Invited as Board Meets on Bond Resolution for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue”

2020 Spring CKFR Siren Newsletter

February 28, 2020 | CKFR Weekly “Station Challenges” by Fire Chief Oliver

February 27, 2020 | CKFR Media Release “Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Shares Station Challenges”

January 2, 2020 | Kitsap Sun Opinion Article “CKFR planning for fire station needs”

2019-20 Fall/Winter CKFR Siren Newsletter

November 13, 2019 | CKFR Media Release “Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Passes Capital Facilities Plan”

November 10, 2019 | Kitsap Daily News Article “Central Kitsap Fire Rescue releases draft capital facilities plan for public review”

November 8, 2019 | Kitsap Sun Article “Massive rebuild of stations: Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue unveils plan for overhauling facilities”

November 6, 2019 | CKFR Media Release “Capital Facilities Plan Available for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue”

May 30, 2019 | Kitsap Sun Article “Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue board hears proposal for facilities bond”

May 27, 2019 | Kitsap Sun Article “Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue plans to build new stations”

Fire Chief John Oliver welcomes the opportunity to provide a 20-30 minute presentation to local groups and organizations about the fire district, the bond proposal, and answer any questions. The fire district can also host a virtual meeting for your group using Zoom. If you would like to schedule a presentation, or would like to sit down virtually over a cup of coffee and learn more about the fire district, please contact Serena Prince at (360) 447-3569 or sprince@ckfr.org to schedule a time with Chief John Oliver.