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East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Proposition No. 1
Regular Property Tax Levy (EMS)

Will East Pierce Fire & Rescue be authorized to impose regular property tax levies of fifty cents ($0.50) or less per thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of assessed valuation for emergency medical services for each of ten (10) consecutive years to be collected beginning in 2022?



For many years, East Pierce Fire & Rescue has asked the voters repeatedly to renew its emergency medical services (EMS) levy.  Under current state law, however, the Fire Department can ask the voters to extend this levy for a 10-year period.


The Board of East Pierce Fire & Rescue has passed a resolution requesting an election to authorize a property tax levy in an amount not to exceed fifty cents per $1,000.00 of assessed valuation, each year for ten (10) successive years. This levy would re-establish the voter-approved EMS levy at 50 cents and would provide sufficient EMS revenue to fund the district’s Paramedic program, including the salaries, equipment and medical supplies of firefighter paramedics, and the cost to deliver critical advanced life support care and emergency ambulance transport service.


Approximately 75% of the calls for service by the district are EMS calls.  Growth and call volume have increased during the last several years since the voters first approved an EMS levy.  The regular property tax levy does not provide funds for an adequate level of emergency medical services.  Without this levy approval the district would not be able to maintain its current excellent level of service.


This is not a new tax! This is a request to reauthorize your previously approved Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy rate of .50 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation.


Your support of the EMS Levy has allowed the District to hire paramedics and support a fully staffed Advanced Life Support (ALS) program. In addition, the citizens of East Pierce Fire/Rescue enjoy the benefits of Medic Unit transport to the hospital with no out of pocket expenses.


Continue the highest level of emergency services that you authorized with the previous EMS Levy. Please join us in voting yes to maintain this quality of service to you and your loved ones.


William Sandlian,


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 84.52.069)

For questions about this measure, contact: Jon Parkinson, Fire Chief, 253-863-1800,

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