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King County Fire Protection District No. 20

Proposition No. 1
Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations

The Board of King County Fire Protection District No. 20 adopted Resolution No. 2012-007, concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation costs.


This proposition provides for the support of fire protection and emergency medical services, facilities, maintenance, staffing and operations by authorizing the levy of the following excess taxes as specified in Resolution No. 2012-007:






Levy Rate/$1,000

Assessed Value





$ .60

$ 650,000.00


$ .60

$ 650,000.00


$ .90

$ 850,000.00


$ .90

$ 850,000.00


Should this proposition be approved?



If approved by the voters, the Fire District will be authorized to levy a maintenance and operations excess levy in the sum of $650,000.00 per year to be collected in 2013 and 2014 and $850,000.00 per year to be collected in 2015 and 2016. Such levy will be in addition to the District’s regular tax levies for a temporary four year period. Based on current assessed property valuations the District estimates that the tax levy rate necessary to generate these funds in 2013 and 2014 will be approximately $.60 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation and approximately $.90 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in 2015 and 2016. The estimated levy rates will decrease if assessed property values increase during this period.


The costs of providing fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency medical services have increased because of specialized equipment, personnel training, supplies and reporting required by county, state and federal regulations. With declining assessed property values resulting in decreased revenue, the District will not be able to maintain adequate staffing and service levels provided within the limitations of the District’s regular tax levy. This maintenance and operations levy will provide the funds necessary to retain firefighters and maintain service levels.


If the levy is approved, the additional maximum tax per $100,000 assessed valuation is estimated not to exceed $60.00 per year for the first two years and $90.00 for the final two years or approximately an additional $5.00 - $7.50 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.
Fire District 20 (Skyway) continues to provide essential fire, medical and emergency services. Our personnel are the backbone of our high level of service, twenty-four hours a day, throughout the year. A “YES” vote will ensure these services meet increasing demand as our community continues to grow. Homes and large apartment complexes are being built in Skyway resulting in population growth, while property values have decreased. As tax revenues have decreased, Fire District 20’s operating costs have continued to rise due to increased service demands. This levy closes that gap by addressing increasing work load and maintenance of response equipment. Our firefighters have always been there when we needed them—now is the time for us to give them our support. Thanks for voting YES, and for caring about our community.

Statement submitted by: Donald S. Sorenson, William L. Bowden and Michael Majeed

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.

60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 1,331 (Washington Constitution, Art. VII, sec. 2(a))
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