Regional Fire Authority
SPECIAL ELECTION - BALLOTS DUE APRIL 23, 2019
Fire Station Open Houses & Regional Fire Authority Community Conversations
All ages welcome! Learn about the RFA proposal for the Marysville Fire District on your April ballot. Plus:
March 19, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.
Marysville Fire District Station 65
17500 E. Lk. Goodwin Rd., Stanwood
March 26, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.
Marysville Fire District Station 62
10701 Shoultes Rd., Marysville
See you there!
Why a Regional Fire Authority?
Fire and emergency medical services are some of the most important services we provide our residents. The City of Marysville and Fire District 12 are forwarding an RFA proposal to voters because:
- Population growth is driving increased demand. Calls for service have grown nearly 60% since 2011.
- Service needs are changing. Calls for service have increased, straining our ability to serve aging and vulnerable populations.
- The current financial model isn't sustainable. Expenses are greater than revenues with reserves funding gaps.
- The governance structure isn't representative. 80% of residents live within the city limits but city representation is 60%.
Goals for an RFA
- Maintaining quality fire and emergency medical services
- Providing stable and sustainable funding
- Improving efficiency and effectiveness of operations
- Promoting future growth within the organization
- Providing a representative governing board.
An RFA would meet increased demand and changing needs for services while creating a sustainable funding model for the future.
What is an RFA?
A Regional Fire Authority (RFA) is a special purpose district and independent taxing authority that provides funding for fire and emergency medical services. An RFA can be made up of cities, fire districts, or a combination of the two. There are currently 12 RFAs in Washington state, almost all in western Washington.
Creation of an RFA is authorized by state law. Marysville and Fire District 12 residents would have to approve the creation of an RFA.
How would an RFA be funded?
Emergency medical services through the Marysville Fire District are currently funded by voter-approved levies in both the City of Marysville and Fire District 12. The City of Marysville pays for fire response through the city's general fund, while a voter-approved levy pays for fire response in Fire District 12.
An RFA would instead create a single dedicated funding source, with money collected going directly to the RFA versus passing through other jurisdictions. If approved, all residents would pay an RFA levy of $1.45 per $1,000 per assessed value.
The owner of a $300,000 home in the city limits will pay about $249.00 more a year in property taxes or about $20.75 more per month, which includes the RFA levy and city property taxes that support law enforcement and other city services. The owner of a $300,000 home in the District boundaries will pay about $129 more a year in property tax or about $10.75 more per month for the RFA levy only. The levy would go into effect in 2020.