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King County Fire Protection District No. 45

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

The Board of King County Fire Protection District No. 45 adopted Resolution No. 368, concerning a proposition to adequately 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 District to levy excess taxes in the amount of $750,000 per year for four consecutive years beginning in 2012 to be collected in each year following at an approximate levy rate of $.53 per thousand of assessed valuation (the actual rate will be based on assessed values).


Should this proposition be approved?



If approved by the voters, the District will be authorized to levy a maintenance and operations excess levy in the sum of $750,000 dollars per year for a period of four years. Such levy will be in addition to the District’s regular and EMS tax levies for a temporary four year period. Based on current assessed valuations the District estimates that the tax levy rate necessary to generate these funds in 2013 will be approximately $.53 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. In subsequent years the levy rate will decrease if assessed values increase.


The cost of operating a fire department that provides fire prevention, fire protection and emergency medical services has increased because of the specialized equipment, personnel training and supplies now required and by state and federal regulations. With the declining assessed values in the District, the District is not 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 maximum tax per $100,000 assessed valuation is estimated not to exceed $53.20 each year or approximately an additional $4.43 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.

KCFD 45 is seeking voter approval of a Maintenance and Operations Levy of $750,000 annually to maintain service levels despite catastrophic losses in revenue. This equals approximately $0.53/1000 of valuation in 2013.  A home valued at $300,000 will see an increase of $159.60 per year or $13.29 per month.   This is necessary because local assessed valuation (AV) of property has decreased 35% since 2008; resulting in a cumulative revenue loss of $750,000.  Up to now, the District absorbed losses through a collective use of reserve funds, the loss of a firefighter position (through attrition), and program and staffing cuts to the point that service levels (personnel) are the only viable options for additional reductions.  With the uncertainty of the economy, there is not any immediate relief anticipated.  


Without your help, the capabilities of the District will be reduced significantly.  By the end of 2013, forced layoffs will cut available staffing.  Fewer available personnel will cause delays in fire and rescue operations and eliminate the District’s ability to transport patients to the hospital; resulting in longer response and transport times by private ambulances (that charge for their service).  Continued losses in revenue will lead to deeper cuts in personnel and service.


Statement submitted by: Rick Webber, Sean Ansell and Kelly Gattone

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 1,554 (Washington Constitution, Art. VII, sec. 2(a))

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