A City of Marysville issue on the Aug. 1, 2017, primary election ballot asks voters whether to restore the EMS levy rate to 50 cents per $1000 of assessed property value, the same rate approved by voters in 2008.
To maintain emergency medical services including ambulances and paramedics, Marysville voters are being asked to consider resetting the levy rate for property taxes dedicated to those services. If voters approve, the EMS levy rate in 2018 would return to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 11 cents over the 2017 rate.
For a Marysville home with the average assessed value of $250,000, this would mean an estimated increase of $28.60 per year, or $2.38 per month. The estimated total annual EMS tax for a $250,000 home in 2018 would be $125.
From 2019 to 2023, the city would adjust the rate annually to align with growth, by no more than 10 percent each year and total capped at 50 cents. The 2023 levy amount would become the base for later years.
EMS is one of the primary services provided by the Marysville Fire District, accounting for more than 80 percent of all incident responses annually since 2004.
In 2016, Marysville Fire District responded to more than 12,200 medical incidents - 88 percent of all responses (including auto accidents).
Since the EMS levy was last restored in 2008, the number of medical incident responses by the Marysville Fire District has increased by 36 percent.
The EMS levy rate is currently 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, 11 cents lower than the rate approved by voters in 2008.