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City of Black Diamond

Proposition No. 1
Public Safety Levy

The City Council has adopted Ordinance No. 10-936 concerning this proposition to fund police, fire and emergency services. If approved, this proposition shall authorize a regular property tax rate of $2.57 per $1,000 of assessed value for collection in 2011 to fund public safety services including police, fire and emergency services. The 2011 levy amount shall be used to calculate subsequent levy limitations in succeeding years. Should this proposition be:



The City of Black Diamond is proposing this measure to provide continued funding for public safety services including police, fire and emergency services.  The City’s current voter approved levy for public safety services will expire in December of 2010.  This proposition will provide funding for public safety services after the existing levy expires.

If approved by the voters, this proposition will authorize a total City regular property tax levy rate of $2.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2011. The sole purpose of the levy will be to provide funding for police, fire and emergency services.  This levy rate will be used for the purpose of computing the legal limitations for subsequent levies, which will be capped under existing law to increase by no more than 1% per year. 

The RENEWAL of this levy will ensure Black Diamond residents remain safe through police and fire protection. This is NOT a new tax, but the renewal of a retiring levy.

Currently, residents benefit from:

  • Police and fire protection 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Rapid response time – 5 to 10 minutes for high priority calls within the city
  • Police Marine Patrol on Lake Sawyer
  • Personal relationships with police officers through DARE and K-9 programs
  • A safe community to raise children

If it Passes the City will continue operating its police department, consisting of 9 commissioned officers (down from 12 in 2009 due to the economy) and honor its contract with Mountain View Fire & Rescue for fire services.

If it Fails the City will lose approximately $450,000 from its annual Public Safety budget, resulting in the loss of 4 or 5 additional officers: loss of 24/7 coverage; slowed response times; police officers will work alone; the marine patrol on Lake Sawyer will stop; and “extra” programs will be cut. With reduced police presence and protection, Black Diamond will be ripe for increased crime.

Vote Yes! Protect our families by protecting our police and fire services.

Statement submitted by: Johna Thomson, Tina McGann and Renee Brealey

No statement submitted.

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)

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