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King County Fire Protection District No. 27

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

The Board of King County Fire Protection District No. 27 adopted Resolution No. 2013-01 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 $425,000 per year for three consecutive years beginning in 2013 to be collected in each year following at an approximate levy rate of $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation (the actual rate will be based on assessed values).

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 $425,000.00 per year to be collected in 2014 through 2016. Such levy will be in addition to the District’s regular and EMS tax levies for a temporary three-year period. The District estimates that the tax levy rate necessary to generate these funds each year will be approximately $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. In subsequent years the levy rate will decrease if assessed property values increase.

Declining assessed property values have caused the District’s revenue to drop substantially from 2009 to 2013. During this same period, the cost of specialized equipment, personnel training, and supplies required by various laws, codes and standards have increased. Due to the decrease in revenues, the District will not be able to maintain current staffing and service levels within the limitations of the District’s regular tax levy. The proposed maintenance and operations levy funds will be used to maintain service levels and retain firefighters.

If the levy is approved, the additional maximum tax per $100,000.00 assessed valuation is estimated not to exceed approximately $50.00 each year or an additional $4.17 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Chris Connor - Fire Chief 425-222-5841 •

Your Fire Department needs your help to continue providing exceptional service.  Simply stated, taxes have declined dramatically.   The collection for 2009 was based on Assessed Value (AV) of $1,328,882,727.  In 2010, we endured part of our district being annexed away to the city of Sammamish resulting in a direct revenue loss of $123,591.  The overall result since 2010 has decreased the Fire District’s revenue by 19.25%.  In 2013 the AV reduced to $770,654,934.

The Fire District’s services include:

  • Fire suppression, Emergency medical, Auto accidents, Water rescue
  • CPR, First aid classes, Fire prevention, Education
  • Fall prevention for our elderly

The District has worked with the same level of career firefighter staffing since 2009.  We continue to staff two Firefighters 24/7 – 100 % of the time.  The volunteers supplement staffing at night.  Training Firefighters is costly and must continue. Maintenance of current equipment is mandatory for safety.

A levy in 2001 added onto your fire station.  What does this levy mean to your budget?  This $425,000, three year Levy will be collected in 2014, 2015, and 2016 which means $4.17 per month per $100,000 of AV.

We value your past and present support and encourage a YES vote on Proposition 1.

Statement submitted by: Kevin Hauglie, Kirk Dunckel and Gary Smith

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 with a minimum number of 713 yes votes (Washington Constitution, article VII, section 2(a))


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