The SVFD Board of Fire Commissioners adopted a $38.5 million budget for 2019 on November 12, 2018. The budget includes $1.52 million for capital expenses. The budget allows for minimal growth in most programs and is about 2.3 percent higher than 2018, largely due to capital projects and hiring costs. Voter approval of the maintenance and operations four-year levy in February 2015 will generate $19.9 million in property tax revenue in 2019, more than 50 percent of the total budget.
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Twelve new recruits will be hired in 2019 to fill vacancies created by projected growth and retirements.
The 2019 budget includes $1.52 million for capital projects:
- Apparatus – continued replacement of aging staff vehicles is planned, along with a payment on the new Ladder 10 Tractor-Drawn Aerial (TDA) loan. No engine purchases are planned in 2019.
- Facilities – renovations to Pinecroft Fire Station #8 are planned to lengthen the apparatus bay to make room for a replacement ladder truck in 2020.
- Equipment – replacement extrication equipment, new thermal imaging cameras and a defibrillator are among the equipment purchases planned in 2019. One new extractor (washing machine) for firefighter turnout gear will be purchased and installed.
- Property – land for new Fire Station #11 and Fleet Maintenance Facility will be purchased near Euclid & Barker
Allocations for pension and medical funds are included in the budget, along with an estimated 2019 fund balance (year-end reserves) target of $11.3 million.
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The Spokane Valley Fire Department operates with funding from property tax revenues generated through a Regular Levy and a Special Levy (Maintenance and Operations – M&O). Voters are asked to approve the M&O Levy every four years, which provides more than 50 percent of the Department’s funding for maintenance, operations and capital projects. The Total Levy Rate (Regular + Special) in 2019 is estimated to be $2.82 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, a decrease from $2.99 per $1000 in 2018 due to continued strong growth in assessed valuation (AV) of property in the SVFD service area.