I want to provide our community with an update about our budget outlook for the next year.
Pierce County is predicting our area will drop another 2.7 percent in assessed property valuations. That will mean the Key Peninsula Fire District 16 will lose another $40,000 in revenue for 2014.
We will pass and operate under a balanced budget, but it means across-the-board cuts to everything we do. The district will present its annual budget at the open board of commissioners meeting at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Key Center fire station.
We have eliminated one part-time administrative position and delayed the purchase of a new ambulance for our emergency medical service program. We are cutting back on our volunteer program and looking to do training in-house to save and possibly make a little revenue next year, as well.
We are actively pursuing grants, like the one we recently received from the Puget Sound Air Control Authority. That grant program will be used to retrofit our equipment to reduce pollution and fuel consumption.
As always, please contact me with any questions at 253-884-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate the support from our community and will continue to update you regularly.