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Point Roberts Whatcom County Fire District 5 | Together In Unity

Prop #1: Levy Lid Lift

Information for residents of Point Roberts

Registered voters will be asked to vote on a funding measure for
Whatcom County Fire District 5/Point Roberts Fire Rescue on November 7

What is it?

A levy lid lift is a voter approved measure permitting a fire district to levy and collect taxes in excess of the 1% per year limit.

WCFD5 responded to 484 calls in 2022 compared to 101 calls in 2010 – a 379% increase for Fire Department services over the last 12 years. During this same period, the cost of doing business in the U.S. has risen 40%.1

WCFD5 last raised the Fire District’s levy in 2010. Due to the annual 1% limitation, our levy rate (which is the 11th lowest of the 13 fire protection districts in Whatcom County) has not kept pace with inflation.

1 Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index between 2010 and as of July 2023.
What would the proposed tax levy cost?
Assessed Property Value Annual Increase Monthly Increase
$250,000 $112.50 $9.37/month
$500,000 $225 $18.75/month
$750,000 $337.50 $28.13/month
$1,000,000 $450 $37.50/month
(Current levy rate is $.69/1000 and proposed levy rate is $1.14/1000.)
Whatcom County Fire District 5 Crew
What do we do?

Whatcom County Fire District 5 (WCFD5/Point Roberts Fire Rescue) provides fire, rescue and emergency services to Point Roberts – one of the most geographically isolated and stand-alone U.S. communities.

Whatcom County Fire District 5 has implemented a number of improvements...

Since the last levy increase in 2010 WCFD5 has implemented a number of service improvements including:

  • Implemented staffing approaches that has doubled the number of volunteer personnel available to respond compared to 2010 levels.
  • Worked to improve the community’s insurance rating from 6 to a 5 which provides insurance premium savings for residential and commercial properties.
  • Purchased a new fuel-efficient fire engine with greater maneuverability.
  • Trained 36 new certified medical providers with nearly half advancing to the Advanced EMT level.
  • Trained over 300 community members in CPR and other First Aid procedures to solidify the “Chain of Survival” for the community.
  • Developed a Community Paramedic program that supports residents through weekly home visits.
6 Minute Response Time
Average to Emergency Calls
Once Dispatched
WCFD5 Ambulance

The levy will fund these future WCFD5 items:

  • Complete capital needs/projects
  • Maintain/expand current level of service and day-to-day operations
  • Stop ambulance billing when transported by this agency
  • Maintain/expand weekend duty program for community coverage
  • Provide safety clothing to volunteers
  • Maintain/expand community risk reduction programs (Community Paramedic, CPR, falls, hoarding, cooking safety, etc.)
  • Provide volunteer safety programs and training
  • Expand day duty program for EMS
  • Develop hospital return transport “Welcome Home” program
Responded to
484 Calls in 2022
Compared to
101 Calls in 2010
A 379% Increase
Over the Last 12
Years For Fire
Department Services
We have now reached a point where the current tax can no longer fully fund our daily operations or pressing capital expenditures.
This proposed increase allows us to maintain daily readiness, respond to emergencies, and meet capital facility and infrastructure requirements over the next decade and beyond.
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