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King County Fire Protection District No. 43

Proposition No. 1
Authorizing Restoration of Previous Property Tax Levy Rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of Assessed Valuation for a Six Year Period (2018-2023)

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety (also known as King County Fire Protection District No. 43) passed Resolution R-2017-005 concerning the District’s property tax levy rate. If approved, this proposition would allow the District to restore its previously voter-approved tax levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2017 for collection in 2018. The 2018 levy amount would be the base upon which annual increases of up to 6% (but not to exceed a rate of $1.50) would be computed for the succeeding five years (2019 – 2023). The 2023 levy amount would be used for computing the limitations for subsequent levies as allowed by Chapter 84.55 RCW and as provided in Resolution R-2017-005. Should this proposition be approved?

Approved

Rejected


Due to the failure of the Fire Benefit Charge in August, Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety, serving the citizens of the Greater Maple Valley area, is placing a multi-year lid lift proposition on the November 7, 2017 ballot. If approved, this proposition would authorize the property tax levy rate to remain at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2018, coupled with maintaining the rate of $1.50 per $1000 of assessed valuation over the five subsequent years. The proposition is presented to allow voters to override the limitations imposed by Initiative 747, which would otherwise limit total property tax revenue to 1% over the previous year’s revenue, regardless of the authorized dollar rate limitation of $1.50, which the voters approved in 2001.

State law now allows fire districts to propose multi-year lid lifts to voters. This proposition meets the requirements of Initiative 747, that any revenue increase greater than 1%, over the previous year, be approved by the voters. This is a reauthorization of the district’s lawful funding level of $1.50. The dollar amount of the levy in 2023 would be used to calculate future year’s levy amounts.

Approval of this proposition would allow the District to maintain the current level of services. Rejection of this proposition would lead to the annual loss of at least 18% or $1,672,623.66 of revenue. This loss of revenue would require significant cutbacks in critical services, closing station(s) and potential elimination of special services such as rescue teams.

 

Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety, serving the citizens of the greater Maple Valley area, is requesting a multi-year lid lift.  This proposition will authorize the property tax levy rate to be restored to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2018 and the 5 subsequent years.

This request is to ensure that we can provide minimum critical fire and emergency medical services.

The six year levy lift is also a cost effective way to have a voter approved budget without incurring costly annual levy requests.

A home valued at $400,000 would cost the taxpayer approximately an additional $96.00 a year or $8.00 per month in 2018.

This is Not a new tax; this is a reauthorization of the state limited fire levy of $1.50 per 1,000 AV.

Please Vote Yes; it’s a small price to pay for this critical funding measure.

Submitted by: Sean P. Kelly, Chris Bodlovic, John Herbert, john_herbert@msn.com,

 Simple majority (RCW 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact: Aaron Tyerman, Fire Chief, (425) 433-2127, atyerman@maplevalleyfire.org

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