Camas residents will be paying a higher levy rate starting in 2013 thanks to a levy rate increase approved by voters.
The six-year levy received over and above the required simple majority by earning 55.80 percent approval in the Aug. 7 Primary Election.
It will raise the levy rate from the current 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 46 cents. The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $138 per year — a $33 increase.
The EMS levy was first approved by voters in 1979 at 25 cents per $1,000. It has been approved by Camas voters every six years ever since, including its first increase to 35 cents in 2006.
Funding from the EMS levy is used to support ambulance services, purchase and maintenance of ambulances, equipment and supplies, hiring and training of firefighter/paramedics and IV technicians and administrative support personnel and training programs. It also supports the EMT training and recertification of the volunteer programs in Washougal and East County Fire and Rescue.