The City of Shelton plans to ask voters to renew the City’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Levy for another six years. Tim McKern, Chief of Central Mason Fire & EMS (the contractor providing the City with fire and EMS services), is suggesting to the City Commission to place the measure on the August 2nd Primary Election Ballot. The Chief also told the Commissioners they should ask voters to increase the rate per thousand from the current 35 cents ($0.347910) to the maximum amount of 50 cents, matching the rate that is being collected in Fire District 5 (Central Mason Fire & EMS).
The increase to match the rate in the Fire District could lead to the City being annexed into the fire district. That question would have to be approved by a vote of people. The annexation election could happen next year.
If the levy were to fail in August, the City plans to place the renewal on the November ballot at 35 cents per thousand. The City Commission will be taking action on the two resolutions placing the measures on the ballots next Monday.