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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. 2016-03 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 $475,000 per year for four consecutive years beginning in 2016 to be collected in each year following at an approximate levy rate of $0.4475 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 Fire District will be authorized to levy a maintenance and operations excess levy in the sum of $475,000.00 per year to be collected in 2017 through 2020. Such levy will be in addition to the District’s regular and EMS tax levies for a temporary four-year period. The District estimates that the tax levy rate necessary to generate these funds each year will be approximately $0.4475 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. In subsequent years the levy rate will decrease if assessed property values increase. 

Declining assessed property values caused the District’s revenue to drop substantially from 2009 to 2013. The voters previously approved a temporary three year excess levy to offset this impact and such levy expires this year. The District continues to experience increases in the cost of specialized equipment, personnel training, and supplies required by various laws, codes and standards. 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 $44.75 each year or an additional $3.73 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.

For questions about this measure, contact: Christopher Conner, Fire Chief, 425-222-5841,

Your Fire Department, is asking for your yes vote to support our maintenance and operations (M&O) levy.  The three year, 2014 M&O levy of $425,000 annually or Monthly assessment of $4.17 per $100,000 of assessed value (AV) which concludes at year end represents 20% of the District’s revenue. 

With the slow AV growth and with prudent management of your tax dollars the 2016 collection was reduced to $3.27 per $100,000 of AV.  Less than authorized by voters.  

This proposed four year Levy of $475,000 annually, or $3.73/month per $100,000 AV will retain our current staffing levels and continue our mandated emergency medical and fire training levels.  The 2016 District AV was at $1,030,237,079 down $298,645,648 from the 2009 level of $1,328,882,727 which followed the Sammamish annexation of 2010. Currently Medical Aid calls represent 71% with Fire/Service calls at 29% of over 800 annual responses.  Responses we all count on.

Current staffing is three Firefighters during the day, complemented by one-two volunteer Firefighters at night.  We have a proud history of service and consider it an Honor to have your past support. 

We are seeking your support once again and ask for your yes vote on the proposed Levy.

Submitted by: Kevin Hauglie, Gary Smith, Martin Wheeler,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of an 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.

Minimum number of 321 yes votes or 60% yes vote with a minimum turnout of 535 voters (Washington Constitution, art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Christopher Conner, Fire Chief, 425-222-5841,


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