Grays Harbor Fire District 2 to hold public meetings on hospital district impacts

Grays Harbor Fire District 2 will be holding two public meetings to discuss the possible impacts of the proposed Hospital District No. 2 and the proposed annexation by Hospital District No. 1.

The fire district covers 304 square miles from to Brady and outlying areas. The purpose for the meetings is to let residents know how overlapping hospital districts would impact Fire District 2’s property tax levy. The district is faced with a potential decrease of its regular property tax levy if a hospital district overlaps its boundaries.

Representatives from the fire district have said at public meetings that with shared taxing districts, it would create added work for their departments. At those meetings, a request to not include Central Park into the proposed district was raised.

This week, Summit Pacific Medical Center held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of Montesano into Public Health District No. 1 to extend their reach as well. Any change to the boundaries of the already established district would need to be approved by voters and could be added to the November ballot.

Representatives from both Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Summit Pacific Medical Center (Grays Harbor Public Hospital District No. 1) will be on hand to answer questions.

Meetings are scheduled for:

• Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters Station (Central Park)
6317 Olympic Highway, Aberdeen, WA 98520

• Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Station 32 (Brady)
8 Fire Station Road, Montesano, WA 98563

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fire Chief Leonard Johnson at 360-532-6050 or via email at You can also visit the Fire District’s website at



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