On November 13th the Board of Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 6 held a publicized Budget Hearing at the BCFD6 headquarters station in Paterson. During the meeting, the Commissioners announced that BCFD6 will NOT ask for the allowable and customary 1% annual increase in tax funding for the 2014 budget year. The following table shows the annual fire tax rate/per $1000 for the past ten years:
Year Levy Rate
*Fire rates only. These rates do not account for the expired EMS levy rate between 2003 and 2008.
The Commissioners also decided to utilize some of BCFD6 reserve funds to replace aging equipment. 50 year old fire hose will be replaced; rescue air bags that have exceeded their safe operational age will be replaced; as well as a new heart monitor will be purchased. The Commissioners also authorized funding for a new community fire prevention program providing education and fire safety information to the citizens of our District.
The Benton County Fire District 6 Board of Commissioners, in accordance with RCW 84.55.120, will conduct the annual revenue source hearing for its expense Budget on November 13, 2013. The hearing will begin at 7:00pm, at the Paterson Fire Station located at 48001 Prior Ave Paterson, WA 99345. The purpose of this hearing will be to receive public input and to consider whether property tax revenues will need to be increased prior to the adoption of the 2014 BCFD6 annual budget and the levying of the District’s 2014 tax levy. The hearing will occur during the regularly scheduled Commissioner Meeting.
BENTON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT No.6
The Board of Commissioners for Benton County Fire Protection District No.6 has set the following meeting dates for the remainder of 2013. All meetings are held at 7pm at the Paterson Fire Station, 4800 Prior Ave Paterson, Washington.
The Board of Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 6 will meet in special session on Wednesday – October 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm. During this meeting the Commissioners will address the following:
– Whether to allow Commissioners to Volunteer
– Discussion to assist new commissioners with learning about the District.
– District budget, planning and priorities.
The meeting will be held at the Benton County Fire District 6 headquarters station located at: 48001 Prior Ave Paterson, WA 99345.
Questions: contact Chief Watt (509)875-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Benton County Fire District 6 received a free 2001 Freightliner chassis from the Washington Department of Natural Resources through the US Government surplus program. This new tender replaces a 1972 International tender that had major mechanical issues. The last tender was in service for 30 years. The new truck only has 14,500 miles on the odometer, an Allison automatic transmission and showed little signs of wear. The Fire District shipped the truck from Virginia to Paterson, performed maintenance on it, and then drove it to Kelso, WA to have a 3500 gallon water tank installed as well as an 850 gallon per minute pump. The truck was originally painted military camo. Part of the grant agreement required the truck to be painted. To more closely match our current fleet, the truck was painted red. Much of the equipment that was on our previous tender has been transferred to the new truck drastically reducing the cost of outfitting.