Bobby Williams

Levy renewal for Spokane’s Emergency Medical Services

Bobby Williams, Fire Chief, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:47 a.m.

Updated 03/24/2016

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is one of the primary services provided by the Spokane Fire Department. In fact, approximately 87 percent of all Fire Department incidents in 2015 were EMS. A proposal to continue helping fund this service will be placed before voters this April.

The current six-year EMS levy expires at the end of 2016, and voters will be asked to consider the renewal of this levy for another six-year period – through 2022. This is not a new levy but a continuation, and the EMS levy rate will remain the same at 50 cents per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation.

The proceeds of the tax will be used exclusively for emergency medical services, including, but not limited to: personnel costs for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, purchase and maintenance of vehicles, supplies and other equipment, training for staff and the public in CPR, education, and support services.

The EMS levy renewal will be put before voters on Election Day, April 26, 2016. If you would like to learn more about the details of the levy, please view educational materials below.

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