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Proposition No. 1
Medic One – Emergency Medical Services Replacement of Existing Levy

Should King County be authorized to replace an expiring Medic One emergency medical services levy by imposing regular property taxes of $0.265 or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for each of six consecutive years, with collection beginning in 2020, as provided in King County Ordinance 18931, to continue funding Medic One emergency medical services:



If approved by voters, Proposition No. 1 would authorize King County to levy a regular property tax at a rate not to exceed $0.265 per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation on all taxable property within the county. For a property with an assessed valuation of $500,000, the maximum rate would be approximately $133 in the first year. The levy proceeds would be used to fund county-wide Medic One emergency medical services and emergency medical care as more fully described in Ordinance No. 18931 and RCW 84.52.069. The levy would be authorized for a six-year period, with collection beginning in 2020. The levy would be exempt from rate limitations in RCW 84.52.043, but would be subject to the chapter 84.55 limitations on levy increases in years two through six.

Medic One saves lives. Last year, firefighters and paramedics responded to over 268,000 medical 9-1-1 calls for help (one every three minutes).  

Our Medic One system is recognized as one of the best emergency medical services system in the world - cardiac arrest victims here are 2 to 3 times more likely to survive, compared to other cities. In 2018, the survival rate was 56%, which is among the highest reported anywhere. It is available to everyone by simply dialing 9-1-1, whatever the medical emergency, regardless of location, circumstances, or time of day.  

The Medic One levy is not a new tax.  It continues funding for a program that provides critical emergency services for everyone in King County.  King County voters have supported Medic One by passing levies for over 40 years.  At the proposed levy rate, owners of a $500,000 home will pay $133 a year for world class emergency medical care to be at their side within minutes.

We depend on Medic One to be there when we need it, 24 hours a day, every day.  Now it’s our turn to be there for Medic One. Renew our commitment. Vote Yes on Proposition 1.

Reagan Dunn, Greg Markley, Mickey Eisenberg,

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 84.55.069)

For questions about this measure, contact: Helen Chatalas, Assistant Director, King County Emergency Medical Services Division, 206-263-8560,

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