Tribal agreement good for Lacey Fire District taxpayers

February 20th, 2017 by Ken

The agreement currently being negotiated between the Lacey Fire District and the Nisqually tribe is a good deal for the taxpayers of Lacey and of the fire district.

The Lacey Fire District had been providing fire and medical services to the reservation for decades, but there was no contract.   The tribe paid what it wanted to pay, and often the amount was far below what was needed to pay for the services.   The taxpayers of the district had to pick up the additional cost.

The Red Wing Casino is the largest user of fire district services in the entire fire district – primarily medical.  In 2015 about 200 calls came from the casino.   During the first nine months of 2016 the casino generated 216 calls.   That’s more than any single location in the entire city and district.

In addition, the fire district responded to 87 calls at the Nisqually jail and 104 to the rest of the reservation in the first nine months of 2016.

Under the current contract the Nisqually Tribe will pay $1025 for each call.   The tribe’s administration will take up approval of the contract this week.   While the contract under consideration covers the jail and the reservation land, it does not cover  the casino which has a separate oversight group.   Fire district officials expect the casino operators to approve a similar contract in the near future.

Fire district officials estimate the cost will be about $500,000 a year.  The contract will be good for two years.

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