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East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds -- $80,000,000 

The Board of Fire Commissioners of East Pierce Fire & Rescue ("District") adopted Resolution No. 841 concerning a proposition to finance fire stations, land, vehicles and equipment.  If approved, this proposition will authorize the District to:  construct 4 new fire stations to replace existing fire stations; acquire land; construct a new fire station in Tehaleh; acquire firefighting and emergency medical service vehicles and equipment; make other capital improvements; issue no more than $80,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 841.  Should Proposition No. 1 be:



East Pierce Fire & Rescue provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to over 88,000 people living in and around Bonney Lake, Sumner, Lake Tapps, the Ridge Communities, South Prairie, Edgewood and Milton. The Board of Fire Commissioners of East Pierce determined the health, welfare and safety of these communities require East Pierce to replace the existing fire stations at Bonney Lake, Prairie Ridge, Lake Tapps – NW and Edgewood; construct a new fire station in Tehaleh; make capital improvements at the remaining fire stations; and acquire firefighting and emergency medical service vehicles and equipment (including ladder truck, tender, fire engines and medic units).

Passage of this proposition would authorize East Pierce to issue up to $80,000,000 of bonds to pay for the projects, repayable from annual excess property tax levies over a period of 20 years.  The anticipated bond tax rate is approximately $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value for the life of the bonds, or $100.00 per year ($8.33 per month) for a home valued at $400,000.  Exemptions may be available to certain homeowners.  To determine if you qualify, call Pierce County Assessor at 253.798.2169 or King County Department of Assessments, 206.296.3920, depending on your property location.

Residents For Proposition 1 ask voters to pass the proposition, not just for First Responders safety, but to improve Emergency Response for all residents of East Pierce Fire East Pierce Fire has never asked for a bond.

The Bond will replace stations originally built for volunteer use only, not full time staffing. With the age up to 70 years old, and built outside of current Fire Station standards and codes, the Bond will replace aging infrastructure and equipment critical in every aspect of Emergency Response and Natural Disaster. With rapid growth, comes increase in calls, it is crucial to maintain current levels of service that we all expect, as call volume is expected to increase 90% through 2040.

The cost to each of us is minimal, about $8.00 a month per home ($400K Value), to maintain and improve Emergency Facilities and Vehicles for everyone over the next 20 years.

Submitted by: Bill Sandlian, Richard Cosner, Robert Peterson,


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 minimum turnout of 7,191 voters (Wash. Const. art. 7, sec. 2 (b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Bud Backer, Fire Chief, 253-863-1800,

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