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Proposition No. 1

Multi-Year Levy Lid Lift

The Board of Fire Commissioners of East Pierce Fire and Rescue adopted Resolution No. 950 concerning an increase in the District’s property tax levy. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to restore the previous voter-authorized regular property tax levy rate for fire and emergency medical services of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of assessed valuation for collection in 2022, allow annual increases of up to six (6%) percent for each of the succeeding three (3) years and use the 2025 levy dollar amount for computing the limitation for subsequent levies.

Should Proposition No. 1 be approved?



East Pierce Fire and Rescue is placing a four-year regular levy lid lift proposition on the November 2, 2021 ballot. This proposition will maintain the current level of fire suppression, rescue, and fire prevention services. This measure will re-authorize the property tax levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation coupled with annual increases of up to 6% in each of the three subsequent years.

This proposition meets the requirement of certain tax laws, mandating that any increase in revenue of more than 1%, over the previous year, be approved by voters.  The voters previously approved the property tax levy rate of $1.50; this would re-establish that authorized amount.  The dollar amount of the levy in the fourth year would be used to establish the base amount for calculating 1% increases in the future.

Approval of this proposition would allow the Fire District to maintain the high level of services it provides to the community. Rejection of this proposition would lead to the loss of approximately $4,071,376 in projected tax revenue in the first year alone, which could affect the Fire District’s ability to continue its level of services.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue is asking voters to restore the previous voter-approved Fire Levy.

Please join us voting Yes on Proposition 1. East Pierce County has experienced substantial population growth over the last decade, and an increase in 911 emergencies. Washington State limits fire district tax revenue increases to 1% per year, which is not enough to keep up with the growing demand for services in our communities.

This is not a new tax! This re-authorizes the current Fire Levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. By voting yes, you are ensuring that East Pierce Fire & Rescue can keep pace with the increasing demands caused by growth, and when you call 911 you will receive the highest level of service.

Please Vote Yes for East Pierce Fire & Rescue and maintain exceptional fire and emergency services our communities and citizens deserve.


Submitted by: William Sandlian,

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact: Jon Parkinson, Fire Chief, (253) 863-1800,

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