Even if the city of Edmonds returned its potential $3 million a year savings to taxpayers via a reduced property tax levy, taxpayers would end up footing a higher bill if the city joined the Regional Fire Authority the way it's currently proposed.
"Overall, taxes and fees to citizens and businesses would increase $3.5 million," Finance Director Shawn Hunstock told the council.
The council members unanimously voted to withdraw from the plan, with the caveat that it will continue to participate in the process. Meanwhile, council members expressed a desire to maintain the level of service Edmonds is guaranteed under its current contract with Fire District 1.
Mayor Dave Earling praised the work that Fire District 1 has done in preparing the background information during the process and said the city still thinks a regional fire authority could be a possibility in the future.
Edmonds withdrawal follows on the heels of a similar decision by Woodway this week, following earlier withdrawals by Fire Dist. 7, Mukilteo, and Mill Creek.
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