A measure on the Feb. 12 special election ballot aims to simplify the arrangement for fire protection in Port Townsend, according to proponents who spoke at a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The ballot measure, which needs a simple majority for passage, will ask voters to approve annexation of the city of Port Townsend into East Jefferson Fire-Rescue (EJFR), which now provides fire and emergency medical services in Port Townsend by contract. Mayor Deborah Stinson and EJFR Chief Jim Walkowski made a presentation to about 40 people at the chamber meeting on Monday.
“It has been a long process to get to where we are today,” Walkowski said. “Annexation will create one fire/EMS district and everyone will pay the same amount for the same service.”