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Fire district passes annexation resolution

"Kitsap County Fire Protection District No. 7 last week passed a resolution stating its intent to annex the city of Port Orchard, which would mean the district would be responsible for fire-protection services in the city. The resolution, passed at the district's meeting Thursday, supports an ordinance passed in June by the Port Orchard City Council declaring the city's intent to be annexed into the fire district. The district's resolution also requests the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners to set a special election Nov. 6 to let District 7 voters decide the issue. If approved by voters, the city's contract with Fire District 7 for fire service will end and the district will assume taxing and coverage for the area.Officials say annexation could result in a decrease in fire-insurance premiums for residents by improving the fire district's rating. Fire districts that maintain contracts, like Fire District 7 does now with the city, don't qualify for the rating upgrade. Because the fire district's and city's fire service levy rates are equal, both set at $1.50 per $1,000, residents won't notice any difference in the taxes they pay for fire service. "

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