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King County Fire Protection District No. 2

Proposition No. 1
Re-authorizing and Maintaining Property Tax Levy Rate for a Six Year Period (2017-2022)

The governing board of King County Fire Protection District No. 2 adopted Resolution No. 2016-03, to re-authorize the property tax rate at $1.50. Shall the District be authorized to exceed the 1% limitation on annual increases in tax revenues for six years with a rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2017 and with annual increases of up to 6% in the succeeding five years, and with the 2022 levy dollar amount being used for computing the limitations for subsequent levies?

(This shall not be construed to authorize an excess levy and shall be subject to otherwise applicable statutory limits, except the 1% limitation required by RCW 84.55.010 et seq.)



King County Fire District #2, serving the citizens of Burien and Normandy Park, is placing a multi-year lid lift proposition on the August 2, 2016 ballot. This proposition will authorize the property tax levy rate to be re-authorized to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2017, coupled with annual increases of up to 6% in each of the five subsequent years.  The proposition is presented to allow voters to override the limitation imposed by Chapter 84.55 of the Revised Code of Washington, which would otherwise limit total property tax revenue to 101% of the previous year’s revenue, regardless of the authorized dollar rate limitation of $1.50, which voters have previously approved.

This proposition meets the requirement of RCW 84.55.050, that any revenue increase greater than 1%, over the previous year, be approved by the voters. 

Approval of this proposition would allow maintaining the current level of services.  Rejection of this proposition would lead to the loss of up to $800,000 annually in projected tax revenues, which would necessitate cutbacks in services, possible layoff of personnel, potential elimination of special services such as rescue teams, and similar cutbacks.

For questions about this measure, contact:  Mike Marrs, Fire Chief, 206-242-2040, ext. 101,

In fall of 2015, voters were asked to renew the funding levels for the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department as mandated by Initiative 747. Unfortunately, this ballot measure failed by just over 500 votes.  As a result, cuts have been made in staffing and to the service your firefighters are able to provide.  Examples of having fewer staff on duty include having the aid car out of service as well as having fewer firefighters responding to fires, car accidents, and other emergencies.

We are proud to provide some of the best emergency medical care in not only the US, but worldwide that includes documented highest survival rates for patients in cardiac arrest. Our efficient fire protection and prevention services not only save lives and property, but also result in reduced insurance rates for both home owners and renters.

The successful passing of Proposition 1 will restore our funding to the prior voter-approved level of $1.50 per thousand of assessed home value so that we can continue providing the service our community deserves. Failure of Prop 1 will negatively impact the safety and lives of the citizens we faithfully serve.  Please vote “Yes” on Prop 1.

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Submitted by:  Will Spruill, Lynda Isernio, Jay 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.

Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact:  Mike Marrs, Fire Chief, 206-242-2040, ext. 101,


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