The City of Battle Ground merged into Fire District 3 in 2020 finalizing a long-standing partnership
Thank you for supporting annexation of the City of Battle Ground to Clark County Fire District 3 for emergency services.
The annexation took effect on January 1, 2021. Property owners in the City of Battle Ground will see a new fire levy on their property tax statements beginning February 2021. The utility tax decrease took effect for all City water, sewer and stormwater customers beginning with their June 2020 billing. Fire District 3 property owners already pay a fire levy. Their property tax statements will continue to reflect this.
Under the annexation agreement, Fire District 3 will continue to lease the City-owned fire station for $1 a month. The City will transfer ownership of its two fire engines to the Fire District and will convey unimproved property within the city to the Fire District for a future station at the appropriate time. The City will maintain ownership of the existing station as part of its public safety complex.
Property Tax Statements
Clark County property tax statements for 2021 were mailed in February. Property owners in the City of Battle Ground will see a new line item for Clark County Fire District 3 on their tax statements.
Property taxes for residents in Fire District 3 were not impacted by the annexation.
Station 35 – Battle Ground
Call data also shows that two voter-approved ballot measures – a fire levy lid lift in 2017 and annexation of the City of Battle Ground to the Fire District in 2020 – can be credited with improving emergency response times and helping the Fire District meet its Standards of Cover. Standards of Cover are time limits set by an agency to ensure a safe and effective response to fires, medical calls, and situations requiring technical rescue.
This community support meant that Fire District 3 could hire additional personnel to form a full-time crew at its station in Venersborg and add another 24-hour crew at Station 35 in Battle Ground. Increasing capacity in these two areas means there are additional emergency resources available to respond district-wide, which has improved response times as well.
Entering Fire District 3!
Signs are up at the entrances to the City of Battle Ground. In 2020, voters supported the City of Battle Ground annexing to the Fire District. Operating as one Fire District is more efficient for taxpayers, and enables us to plan long-term for emergency services delivery as our community changes. Thank you for your support!