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South King Fire & Rescue

Proposition No. 1
Levy of General Tax $2,750,000 for Maintenance and Operations

The Board of Commissioners of South King Fire & Rescue adopted Resolution No. 515 concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation expenses. This proposition, if approved, will authorize the District to levy, without regard to the limitations of chapter 84.52 RCW, a property tax upon all taxable property within the district of: 



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to be used for maintenance and operations and to maintain the current level of fire services and emergency medical services. Should this proposition be approved?



South King Fire and Rescue, serving the citizens of Greater Federal Way and Des Moines, is placing an excess levy proposition on the November 8th, 2016 ballot. This proposition will authorize the fire district to collect $2.75 million annually, at an approximate rate of $0.19 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the first year, for a four year period covering 2017 through 2020. The proposition is a renewal at a lesser amount than the levy approved in 2012 (which was $3.5 million annually), and is presented to allow voters the opportunity to maintain current fire department services and personnel. The levy rate may decrease (below $0.19) in 2018, 2019 and 2020 if assessed values increase substantially in those years.

The fire district has lost nearly 30% of its annual revenue since 2009 due to recession and decreased property values, necessitating severe cutbacks in service levels and personnel, including elimination of public education programs, closure of one aid car and reducing another to part-time status, and the layoff of four employees. 23 positions were left vacant, including thirteen firefighters positions eliminated through attrition. The 2012 levy allowed filling key positions and re-establishing and maintaining needed service levels.

Renewal of this levy, at a lower amount than 2012, will allow the department to maintain the current level of services. Rejection would lead to additional reductions in service levels, the layoff of additional fire department personnel including possibly firefighters, potential elimination of special services such as rescue teams, and similar cutbacks.

For questions about this measure, contact: Allen D. Church, Fire Chief/Administrator, 253-946-7258,

South King Fire & Rescue (SKFR) needs your support to continue the expiring Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy. The M&O Levy is a funding measure previously supported by voters to bridge a budget gap required to maintain quality fire department services.

Growing Demand for Service. Economic development and population growth contributes to more 911 calls annually. Firefighting, medical, and other life threatening incidents are expected to exceed 20,000 emergency responses in 2016 alone!

Not a New Tax. This is not a new tax, rather a renewal of an existing levy at a lower rate. With improving property values, SKFR is able to reduce the necessary levy amount. At a proposed nineteen cents (.19) per thousand of assessed property valuation, this measure is a savings of ten (.10) cents per thousand over the current levy rate!

Support Fire. Despite an increased demand for service, funding sources for fire districts are limited. Without this critical funding, SKFR would be forced to reduce resources. Cutbacks would ultimately result in slower response times and a lower quality of service.

Vote Yes! This levy renewal requires a 60% yes vote to pass.  Please Vote Yes to maintain high quality fire department services to our community!

Submitted by: Wayne Corey, Randy Kaczor, Cathy Schrock,

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.  

Minimum number of 6,347 yes votes or 60% yes vote with a minimum turnout of 10,578 voters (Washington Constitution, art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Allen D. Church, Fire Chief/Administrator, 253-946-7258,

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