2019 EMS Levy

Mill Creek Levies 1% EMS Tax Increase, Avoids Regular Property Tax Increase for 2019
Posted on 11/29/2018
An image of a fire engine and aide carAt its Nov. 27 meeting, the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to levy a 1 percent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tax increase, which will generate $16,802 in revenue for the City. The total EMS levy contributes $1.7 million in revenue to the City to offset the $3.9 million annual cost of EMS services; the City’s General Fund covers the remaining 56 percent or $2.2 million.

After extensive discussion, and in light of the EMS levy and an increase in the Surface Water Utility rate, the City Council also voted 4-3 to not levy a regular property tax increase.

“This Council action achieves one of the Desired Budget Outcomes set by the City Council early this year to not levy a property tax increase,” said Interim City Manager Bob Stowe.

Currently, the City only receives 18 percent of the property tax assessed on Mill Creek residents, which comprises 58 percent of its General Fund revenue at $6.2 million annually. The remaining property tax dollars go to Everett School District (46 percent), State of Washington (24 percent), Snohomish County (7 percent), Library (3 percent) and the Transit Authority (2 percent).

The decision on EMS and property tax levies were the final revenue elements needed for the proposed 2019-2020 Biennial Budget. The budget is slated for City Council approval in December.