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Renewal: Levy Lid Lift and Facility/Apparatus Bond

August 2019 Ballot

Adequate funding is necessary to maintain emergency response capabilities as our community grows. Benton #1 funds daily operations through a fire levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which voters renew every six years. Capital projects – such as stations and apparatus replacement – are funded through voter-approved bonds. In the last two years, the fire district paid off two such bonds averaging 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. 
Emergency calls have increased 39% over the last five ten years. By 2037, unincorporated Benton County where we serve is projected to grow by 52%. 

Our levy and bond are up for renewal in 2019. The levy rate will remain the same and the bond rate will decrease.   Our fire levy is up for renewal at the previously approved rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy will last for six years and cannot exceed the $1.50/$1,000. The fire district also is asking citizens for a replacement bond to continue funding facility renovations and apparatus replacement. This bond would last for 20 years and be an estimated 10-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. This is one cent less than the bonds it is replacing.


New Commissioner for Benton County Fire District #1 - April 17, 2019


Fire Chief Lonnie Click is available to answer any questions at (509) 737-0911 or