Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue funds daily emergency service operations with two voter-approved levies. The Fire Levy is capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy for emergency medical service (EMS) is capped at $0.50 per $1,000.
Voters renewed the EMS Levy in 2015, and it expires at the end of 2021. CKFR will likely ask voters to renew the EMS levy at the same amount of $0.50 per $1,000 sometime this fall.
EMS is the emergency service our community relies on the most. In 2020, CKFR responded to 8,827 calls – 64% of which were EMS-related. Since 2015, call volumes have increased 24% for EMS-related incidents alone.
Our EMS levy funds the highest level of emergency medical service available, called Advanced Life Support (ALS), with highly-trained Paramedics. That means you or a loved one are receiving the highest standard of emergency care from the time we arrive on scene and all the way to the hospital.
The EMS levy is not a new tax. It costs the owner of a $400,000 home $200 per year ($16.67 per month) for a 24-hour Paramedic response. Funding from the levy is used for ambulances, emergency personnel, training and certifications, medical equipment and supplies.