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City of Enumclaw

Proposition No. 1

Fire District 28 passed Resolution No. 10-003 and the city of Enumclaw passed Ordinance No. 2445 both concerning annexation of the city of Enumclaw into Fire District 28. Shall the city of Enumclaw be annexed to and be a part of fire protection district 28?



The City Council of Enumclaw has passed an ordinance, calling for the annexation of the City into King County Fire Protection District No. 28 for fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) only. The Boundary Review Board for King County has approved the proposal and the King County Council has approved it for this ballot.

For many years, the City of Enumclaw and District 28 have operated as one fire department, under a contract in which the city acted as “lead agency”. On November 2, 2010 the voters of District No. 28 will also vote on whether to combine formally, with the fire district being the “lead agency”. Otherwise the joint fire department will not change in any noticeable way, with all services remaining the same as before. This would result in one taxing district for fire and EMS only.

There will be no change in the delivery of services; administration will be centralized at the Enumclaw Fire Station as before. Employees of the City of Enumclaw Fire Department will become District No. 28 employees.

The Enumclaw Fire Department and King County Fire District #28 are governed by a large multi-jurisdictional body consisting of The City of Enumclaw, a three member elected board of fire commissioners, and an additional two member oversite committee.

The annexation will greatly improve the function of The Fire Department by reducing the number of people involved. This will be a time saving measure and will also relieve The City of a department it is currently having difficulty funding. Annexation will also allow The Fire District to focus on a cost effective level of service to all the citizens in The City and The District.

Historically, many of our neighboring cities have already taken advantage of annexing to their respective Fire Districts. The cities of Maple Valley, Sumner, Puyallup and Orting have already chosen annexation, resulting in cost savings and more effective administration and operations.

State laws currently have more favorable taxing advantages for Fire Districts than for City Governments. In these difficult economic times, annexation would benefit The City of Enumclaw by eliminating their accountability to the Fire Department.

Statement submitted by: Larry Jensen (360-825-5332), Rick Cardoza (360-825-0169) and Lane Weathers

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 in the city of Enumclaw and simple majority in King County Fire Protection District No. 28 (RCW 52.04.071)

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