Annexation Update: Arlington Fire Department and North County Regional Fire Authority
During the February 9, 2021 Special Election, voters overwhelmingly approved annexing the Arlington Fire Department to North County Regional Fire Authority. Thank you! Annexation is critical to maintaining the quality and level of emergency services our community requires.
Annexation officially takes effect on August 1, 2021. In the months ahead, the City is working to integrate fire department systems, emergency personnel, staff, operations, and facilities with those of NCRFA.
There will be no change to service for Arlington residents. The City will still have the same number of stations and firefighters responding to calls, and participate in community events when it is safe to do so.
The Ambulance Utility Fee will end on August 1, 2021. Starting in 2022, the City will lower its general property tax levy, and the NCRFA levies for fire and EMS will begin in Arlington. These levies will appear on tax statements for City property owners starting in 2022.
Short-term, the Arlington City Council will appoint three of its members to serve on the NCRFA Board of Fire Commissioners beginning their terms of service on August 1, 2021. Those terms will end on December 31, 2023. Elections will be held in November 2023 for two districted positions covering Arlington and two at-large positions on the NCRFA Board. One additional RFA districted position (not in Arlington) will also be on the ballot that November. Any resident of the Fire Authority, including Arlington residents, may run for the at-large positions. Districted positions are open to residents of each District.
We will continue to report back as annexation progresses. In the meantime, thank you again for supporting the annexation request.