Woodland council approves property tax drop as a consequence of fireplace district annexation

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Woodland Metropolis Council made good on a promise to scale back the quantity of property tax residents pay within the metropolis following sturdy approval for annexation final yr into what’s now referred to as Clark-Cowlitz Fireplace Rescue.

Throughout its Nov. 15 assembly, the council voted on each an ordinance and determination making the drop in property tax official. The lower in tax equals about $1.51 per $1,000 of assessed worth, bringing the town’s fee for 2022 to about 85 cents per $1,000.

The discount within the levy was conceived as a method to swap the levy quantities as soon as the town turned formally annexed by the district. Put up for a vote in August 2020, the measure handed by about 77.6% within the current district and about 73.3% within the metropolis. The lower is much like  the present fee for Clark-Cowlitz Fireplace Rescue at $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed worth, in accordance with the Clark County Treasurer’s workplace, which residents can pay beginning subsequent yr.

Woodland initially started contracting with CCFR for fireplace companies in 2013, agreeing to a 25-year contract 4 years later. The property tax fee within the district was roughly the identical as what the town was paying to contract out companies earlier than it was annexed.

Previous to the leadup to the annexation vote, CCFR Chief John Nohr defined annexations and mergers have been a development regionally and throughout the nation. The annexation additionally permits metropolis residents to run for the district’s board of commissioners the place they’ll make selections on how the hearth district operates.

The Woodland council formally agreed to drop its personal fee when it accredited the annexation measure on the poll in March 2020. Because of the timing of the vote that yr, the annexation wasn’t official till Jan. 1, 2022, Nohr stated following the vote.

Previous to that official change, the hearth division had already embraced the oncoming annexation. It has modified its identify from Clark County Fireplace and Rescue to Clark-Cowlitz Fireplace Rescue in acknowledgement of formally bringing the largely Cowlitz County-based metropolis into the fold.

Although dialogue on the Nov. 15 approval was restricted amongst councilmembers, they acknowledged they have been holding their phrase.

“We stated we have been going to do that when this (annexation) occurred and so I feel we should always,” stated Councilor Carol Rounds.

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