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Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue 2016 Bond Information

February 2017 Update

We have ordered a new Pierce PUC Engine from Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc. We will travel to Pierce's manufacturing facility in April to finalize the engine specifications, and we expect to have the engine here in December 2017.

We have purchased a used chassis for a new water tender at Station 22. The district shop is ordering more parts to continue building the 3000 gallon tender.

Cowlitz 2 crews have spent many hours researching extrication tools, quality reports, and reviews. After spending an entire day field testing different tools hands on, we have ordered a Hurst eDraulic spreader, cutter, and ram. See them in action here.
                            Special thanks to Bumblebee Towing for bringing us cars to cut up!

We are currently negotiating with an architecture firm for future construction of Baker's Corner and Lexington stations.

Check back often for more updates!

Proposition Summary
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Capitol Improvements Bond- $11,000,000

On July 27, 2016, the Board of Commissioners of Cowlitz County Fire District 2 voted to bring this proposition before the voters at the
November 8, 2016 election. This proposition authorizes the District to replace the Baker’s Corner and Lexington Fire Stations,
purchase a fire engine, issue $11,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum of twenty years,
and to collect excess property taxes annually to repay the bond.

Quick Facts

Bond Amount: $11,000,000

Bond Length: 20 years

Tax Rate: $0.34per $1,000

Average Annual Homeowner Cost: $57.80 (for a home assessed at $170k)
The impact will vary based on each property’s assessed value.

2016 Operating Budget for C2FR: $7, 263,411

Career Emergency Responders: 33

Volunteer Emergency Responders: 77

Calls in 2015: 4,636

Population Served: 34,389

District Area: 152 sq. miles

Bond vs Levy

Bonds– Bond issues allow for the collection of tax monies and creation of long term bonds, typically for the purpose of constructing, repairing, and /or creating structures and facilities.

Levies– Levies allow for the collection of a set amount of tax monies over a short period, typically for the purpose of jurisdiction maintenance, operation, and continuity of services. Occasionally they may be earmarked for upgrades or enhancements of existing services.

Station 22

Station 25

5699 Ocean Beach Hwy
Longview, WA 98632

Station 22 was built in 1965, and currently consists of two main buildings, the apparatus bay and the crew quarters. There are no meeting rooms
or training facilities at the station.

Four apparatus are housed at Station 22: Engine 22, Tender 22,
Brush 22, and Aid 22. There are 18 station volunteers who respond
from their homes to 650 calls annually.

Station 22 does not currently meet the needs of the district. The apparatus bays are outdated and do not meet modern safety standards. They are too small to house new apparatus and the current apparatus is due for replacement. The crew quarters do not meet modern building codes, nor do they conform to American Disabilities Act standards. A new station would be appropriately sized, have adequate crew quarters,
and meeting facilities.

1796 Westside Hwy
Kelso, WA 98626

Station 25 was built in 1978, and consists of the apparatus bay and crew day room in the same building. There are no meeting rooms or
training facilities at the station.

Three apparatus are housed at Station 25: Engine 25, Tender 25, and Brush 25. There are 12 volunteers who respond to 700 calls annually.

Station 25 does not currently meet the needs of the district. There is not room in the apparatus bay for an ambulance. The building needs major structural repairs and there are no crew quarters, which means it cannot be staffed overnight. A new station would be appropriately sized, have adequate crew quarters, and meeting facilities.

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