[3/14/18] After Abrupt Resignation Of One Fire Commissioner, Remaining Two Will Appoint Replacement

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Amid growing public backlash to a proposed levy lid lift, Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioner, Tom Peters has abruptly resigned from the governing board that oversees Chelan County Fire District 7…

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On Tuesday, in an exclusive interview with KOZI, Peters cited multiple reasons for his decision to resign, including a growing frustration with Washington State’s Open Public Meeting Act…

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Peters also noted the challenge of operating a fire district limited to an annual 1% increase in revenue…

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That 1% tax increase limit is the result of I – 747, a tax initiative voted into law by Washington state residents.

In addition to the 1%, taxing districts do get new revenue from any new construction and/or annexed properties.

Recognizing the limit on revenue, Peters says more work needs to be done on the expense side…

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By law, the two remaining Chelan Fire & Rescue Commissioners, Russ Jones and Phil Moller have up to 90 days to appoint a replacement for Tom Peters.

A typical process would include soliciting letters of interest from those who would like to serve on the board followed by public candidate interviews- culminating in an appointment.

The interview process may or may not include citizen participation.

The successful candidate, once appointed, will serve the remainder of Peters’ term, running through December, 2019.