Northwest NEWS

October 16, 2000

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New stations proposed for Duvall/Fire District 45

If the voters of Fire District 45 in the Duvall area pass the Station Bond measure, Proposition One on the November 7 ballot, it will cost taxpayers about seven cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation per year more than they are presently paying. That would equate to an increase in the annual property tax of about $14 for a $200,000 home. The reason for the low increase is that the district is retiring a previous bond issue at the end of this year.
   For that $14 per year (which would vary with the value of each property), the fire district will be able to replace three present stations with two new ones.
   The headquarters station at the corner of First and Stella in Duvall, which is about 40 years old, has some major structural deficiencies which would put personnel and equipment at risk in the event of a major earthquake, and make it unlikely to be usable afterward.
   This station would be expected to serve as the emergency operations center for the area in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, when emergency service needs would be at their peak. It is unlikely that the present structure could fulfill that role after a major earthquake.
   The second station, to be located centrally between Lake Margaret and Lake Marcel near Kelly Road on the east side of the district, would be staffed with a 24- hour crew to provide a much quicker response to that area.
   Presently, response comes from the headquarters station in Duvall and/or from volunteer firefighters who must respond from home to the unstaffed stations at Lake Margaret or Lake Marcel.
   Staffing this new station is expected to decrease response times by six minutes or more to most of the eastern half of the district.
   The district will continue to use a combination of career and volunteer firefighters to staff both stations and to provide a community-based and cost-effective service to the citizens.
   Beyond this present Station Bond measure on the ballot, apparatus replacement and other anticipated major capital expenses have been and will continue to be addressed through designated reserve funds with present revenues. For more information call (425)788-1625.