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County council rejects effort to stop efficiency study of fire districts, EMS services

Mark Stremler's resolution to repeal funding for $275K study shot down

A Whatcom County Fire District 8 ambulance drives down Electric Avenue near Lake Whatcom on June 27. Funding for the county's ambulance services is in limbo after the Whatcom County Council voted last week to reduce the property tax rate on a proposed 2023-28 EMS levy. Bellingham's fire chief suggested the rate cut could lead EMS officials to pull the levy from the November ballot.
A Whatcom County Fire District 8 ambulance drives down Electric Avenue near Lake Whatcom on June 27, 2023. The county confirmed on Tuesday, April 9, that it is moving forward with an effort to fund an independent assessment of fire districts and EMS services. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Isaac Stone Simonelli Enterprise/Investigations Reporter
An attempt to repeal a Whatcom County Council decision to fund an independent review of the county&#

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