CKFR putting lid lift on September’s primary ballot

After extensive number crunching, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue staff are opting to go to voters for a permanent lid lift rather than yearly requests as previously suggested.

A motion was passed by Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners Monday to pursue funding of approximately $16.8 million over the course of the next five years. CKFR will go before the voters in the Sept. 19 primary for a lid lift request currently estimated at between $1.38 and $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The exact levy rate will be determined by the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office and is based upon the assessed valuation of the Central Kitsap area.

In November 2005, the department pooled 16 community members and afforded them the task of helping decide on the most viable funding request to go to voters with. Having only the information that was available at the time, the group decided the best way to sufficiently fund general operations, additional personnel, and apparatus and facilities expenditures would be to go to the voters annually for both a lid lift of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value as well as taking the EMS levy back to 50 cents each year.

But with new figures from the county

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