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(NPCEMSD #1) Reducing Amount Requested for Excess Levy

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This District provides emergency medical services through contracts with the City of Raymond and the Naselle Volunteer Firefighters Association and covers Pacific County Fire District's 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 along with the City's of Raymond and South Bend.

Junior taxing districts must have a balanced budget and start their annual budget process in July in order to have any requests for levies, excess levies or bonds to the County Auditor in August if they want to make the November ballot. The District can't spend any more money than it has in revenue, so the budget process must be very conservative in projecting revenues and expenditures.

In November 2012, Board of NPCEMSD #1 asked for and received voter approval for an excess levy for 2013 of $567,296 or $.69 per one thousand dollar assessed value. In July 2013 as the Board was putting together the budget for 2014, we found we had accumulated a significant amount of unbudgeted revenue from Forest Excise taxes and State Timber Land income. The Board decided to reduce the amount we needed through the excess levy process to $460,000 or $.54 per one thousand and put that figure on the ballot in November of 2013. This was approved for 2014 by the voters at a 66% rate and the District "Thanks You".

When it came time to submit the final budget for 2014 to the Pacific County Commissioners in December 2013, the District had accumulated more unbudgeted revenue from Forest Excise taxes and State Forest Land income. In order to pass this unbudgeted revenue on to the taxpayers of the district, a resolution was passed by the Board asking for only $360,000 or $.43 per one thousand for 2014.

The Board of North Pacific County Emergency Medical District #1 is proud of the two contractors, the Para Medics, EMT's and First Responders and the care they give to the citizens of the District. The Board will continue to manage this District in a reasonable, responsible and conservative manner.

L. Rex Hutchins



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