While the city and Fire District 12 are looking into combining into a Regional Fire Authority, it’s not like they don’t know each other.
“It’s like we’ve been going steady for 27 years and now getting married,” Fire Chief Martin McFalls said with a smile.
The city and Snohomish County district have been contractually working together since 1992. The city and fire district are studying combining to make the department more efficient because calls are increasing, are more medical in nature and to find a more stable funding source.
Communications directors Christie Veley of the district and Connie Mennie of the city recently led an informational meeting about a proposed RFA at the Shoultes Fire Station.
Veley said Tuesday in an email that the change would require higher taxpayer costs.
Officials said they hope voters will approve an RFA in April of 2019.