The stable funding and simplified governance brought by Annexation enables better planning, capital investment, and more hires and training as our communities adapt to population changes, growth, and the increased fire risk due to climate change.
We have great Fire & EMS service and everyone wants it to continue. The merger of the Port Townsend contract service area into FD 1 stabilizes funding and simplifies governance by ending the need for constant contract negotiations between City Council and the FD1. It means everyone served pays the same tax rate and everyone gets a vote on governance.
Whatever the Fire or Medical Emergency, the skilled professionals and volunteers of East Jefferson Fire Rescue are there fast. Over 10 years ago FD1 and the City started an experiment to see if merging the two fire and EMS departments would lead to better service. It has. Annexation removes this unified service area from future City-County politics for the benefit of everyone. Annexation is supported FD1, the City, and EJFR.
We are your neighbors from around District 1 and the City. We formed this committee to pass Annexation in the February election because we want politics out of fire and EMS financing, budgeting and governance. Annexation creates a unified special services district just like we have for other critical basic support services. Here's our names in alphabetical order: