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King County Fire Protection District No. 2

Proposition No. 1
Increase in Property Tax Levy Rate for a Six-Year Period (2022-2027)

The Board of King County Fire Protection District No. 2 adopted Resolution No. 2021-02 concerning an increase in the District’s property tax levy. For the purpose of maintaining current levels of fire and emergency medical services, this proposition would restore the District’s regular property tax levy to a rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2022. The 2022 levy amount would be the base for calculating annual increases of up to 6% in the succeeding five years (2023 – 2027), and the dollar amount of the 2027 levy would be used in computing the limitations for all subsequent levies as provided in chapter 84.55 RCW. Should this proposition be:



King County Fire Protection District No. 2 (the District) is placing a property tax lid lift proposition on the August 3, 2021 ballot.


The District responded to the community’s requests for emergency medical care, fire suppression, rescue, and other emergencies, 10,746 times in 2020.  This is a 21.4% increase in calls for service since 2012. However, while firefighters are responding to more calls, the statutorily approved $1.50 fire levy rate is projected to fall to $1.35 in 2022 due to 1% limitations set forth by statute.  Passage of this measure would maintain the levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2022 and provide for a limit factor of up to 6% in the succeeding five years.  The dollar amount of the levy in 2027 would be used to calculate future levy increase limits.


If approved, this measure authorizes the District to maintain the levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value as approved by voters.  A taxpayer with the average home value of $400,000.00 would anticipate an increased tax of $5.00 per month if this measure passes. Revenue raised by this measure provides sustainable funding for the District.

Every six years the voters are asked to renew the funding levels for King County Fire District # 2 (The Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department) as mandated by Initiative 747.  


The Fire District is proud to provide some of the best emergency medical care not only in the US, but worldwide that includes some of the highest documented survival rates for patients in cardiac arrest.  The Fire Department has provided this care even during the COVID pandemic. Additionally, during the COVID pandemic the Fire Department expanded the services to the community by providing mobile vaccinations for some of our most vulnerable and at risk people. The efficient fire protection and prevention services provided by King County Fire District #2 not only save lives and property, but also result in reduced insurance rates for business owners, home owners and renters.


The successful passing of Proposition 1 will restore our funding to the prior voter-approved level of $1.50 per thousand of assessed property value so that we can continue providing the outstanding service our community deserves. Failure of Prop 1 will negatively impact the safety and lives of the citizens the Fire Department faithfully serves.  Please vote “Yes” on Prop 1.

Denny Lockett,

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 84.55.050)

For questions about this measure, contact: Trina Norsen, Finance & HR Manager, 206-209-4107,

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