On Tuesday, April 24 voters passed a sales bond that will allow Duvall-King County Fire District to construct a new fire station in addition to repairing and renovating the already standing fire house on First Avenue in Duvall. This special session vote drew out 1,384 votes with a majority of 59.47% approving the measure.
The new station will be built at 318th Avenue NE and NE Cherry Valley Road in Duvall just down the street from the very popular Cherry Creek Falls Trailhead.
Without voter approval, there would not have been enough funds to implement the crucial renovations to the old fire station, let alone build another. The district’s Board of Fire Commissioners said that these improvements and addition are essential for both the public’s health and their property. The significantly increased speed of response times is one of the major benefits from the constructing of a new station. Now, it is a 15-minute drive from the Duvall fire station headquarters to Lake Margaret. The new station will decrease this by over half, taking only six minutes. The new station will feature an engine, an aid car, and be staffed with firefighters and EMTs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The initial presentation that took place on September 26 of last year also specified that other response vehicles will be housed here as deemed appropriate. Senior Principal David Fergus of Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning will be heading the architecture of the new project. Rice Fergus Miller has provided architecture service to over 50 fire districts in Washington state, advising on replacements and remodels for over 200 fire stations.
“The bond measure is for capital purchases (construction, equipment, etc.) and does not include any funding for staffing. The cost for personnel will be included in the next levy proposition in 2020. We have applied for grant assistance and are hopeful to have some federal help with the initial cost of staffing,” explained Duvall King County Fire District 45.
The Explanatory Statement for the proposition detailed how much this would be costing its residents, “The bonds would mature within 20 years, and be paid by annual property tax levies made in excess of regular property tax levies throughout the District, at an estimated average of 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an estimated $86.72 per year for a $500,000 house.”
The King County Assessor’s Office has a website that you can use to view your estimated property taxes in 2019. Please visit their website at localscape.property/#kingcounty assessor