Woodinville Fire & Rescue is not expected to ask for a tax levy increase as it undergoes budget talks, according to Fire Chief Greg Ahearn.
“We are pretty well situated to kind of manage the overall economic downturn,” Ahearn said.
Fire commissioners are planning to adopt the final budget at a meeting Nov. 3. Ahearn said the district’s healthy reserves and recently updated emergency equipment will help insulate the district from being negatively affected in the short term.
The all-career district also hasn’t noted any effect on its personnel, he said, and everybody has stayed healthy thus far.
In addition to creating a draft budget, the district is awaiting results of a boundary review to help inform its final decision on whether or not to ask voters to approve a merge with Northshore Fire and Rescue.
Commissioners from both districts are moving forward with the merger discussion, according to an Oct. 16 press release from Woodinville Fire & Rescue. Consolidating the departments is meant to “provide improved emergency response to both communities,” and would reduce impacts to taxpayers for future capital costs, the release states.
Both boards of commissioners will hold public meetings later this fall to take public input. If approved, the merger request would appear on Northshore voters’ ballots next spring.