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News Release
Public Meetings Scheduled to Answer Questions About Battle Ground Annexation to Fire District 3 - 01/09/20

Proposal Will Be on February 11, 2020 Special Election Ballot

BATTLE GROUND & BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA— The city of Battle Ground and Clark County Fire District 3 are scheduling public meetings to answer questions regarding the annexation proposal on the February 11, 2020 Special Election ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the City and Fire District on or before January 24, 2020. The proposal must be approved by voters in both communities to take effect.

Meeting dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 21 – 6-7 p.m. – Battle Ground City Hall (Room 148), 109 SW 1st Street, Battle Ground (98604)
  • Monday, January 27 – 5-6 p.m. – Hockinson Fire Station, 17718 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie (98606)
  • Wednesday, January 29 – 12-1 p.m. – Battle Ground City Hall (Room 148)
  • Tuesday, February 4 – 6-7 p.m. – Hockinson Fire Station

The City currently contracts for emergency services with Fire District 3. The cost of the contract will exceed what the City collects in property taxes when it has to be renewed. The City would have to cut emergency service levels and other community services to maintain a balanced budget.

Under a contract relationship, the Fire District cannot plan or invest in emergency services long-term or on a regional level. This is not cost-effective for taxpayers, or in the best interest of public safety.

If annexation is approved, City property owners would pay a fire levy directly to the Fire District at the same rate paid by District property owners. (The levy rate for District property owners would not change as a result of annexation.) City residents also would benefit with additional revenue available for police, road, park and trail improvements. (A full list of funded projects can be found on the City website at

Battle Ground has passed a resolution to reduce its utility tax by 46 percent for water, sewer and stormwater to help offset the cost of the fire levy. Historically, the utility tax was increased to fund emergency service costs.

Fire District residents would continue to have additional units from the City fire station to respond to emergencies in the District. Annexation also means better training for firefighters, a ?re marshal, and ?re prevention services in local schools and wildland interface areas. And, Fire District 3 could plan long-term for emergency services delivery on a regional basis.

“We are the closest emergency services provider for Battle Ground,” said Fire Chief Scott Sorenson. “It makes sense that we operate as one entity. Annexation protects the level and quality of emergency services for residents of both communities.”

City residents can learn more at  City Manager Erin Erdman also welcomes questions at (360) 342-5005 or"> Fire District residents are encouraged to visit, or contact Chief Scott Sorenson at (360) 892-2331 or


The City of Battle Ground, located in the heart of Clark County, Wash., serves 21,500 residents.  The surrounding natural beauty, access to recreation activities, and close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area make Battle Ground a desirable place to live and has created a period of considerable growth. The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government and provides vital public services such as police, planning and development, roads, parks, utilities and others. City leaders operate under guiding principles that were created with community input through a recent visioning process. More information about the City, including a list of its guiding principles can be found at

Clark County Fire District 3 provides fire suppression and emergency medical service to 40,000 people over 90 square miles, including the City of Battle Ground. Forty-five full-time and 13 volunteer emergency personnel responded to 4,221 calls in 2018 – 5.3% higher than the previous year. We live by our core values of professionalism, safety, teamwork, integrity, and community.  More information on Fire District 3 can be found on its website