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Proposition No. 2
Multi-Year Levy Lid Lift

The Board of Fire Commissioners of East Pierce Fire and Rescue adopted Resolution No. 940 concerning an increase in the District’s property tax levy. If approved, Proposition No. 2 will authorize the District to restore the previous voter-authorized regular property tax levy rate for fire and emergency medical services of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of assessed valuation for collection in 2022, allow annual increases of up to six (6%) percent for each of the succeeding three (3) years and use the 2025 levy dollar amount for computing the limitation for subsequent levies.

Should Proposition No. 2 be approved?



East Pierce Fire and Rescue is placing a four-year regular levy lid lift proposition on the August 3, 2021 ballot. This proposition will maintain the current level of fire suppression, rescue, and fire prevention services. This measure will re-authorize the property tax levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation coupled with annual increases of up to 6% in each of the three subsequent years.  


This proposition meets the requirement of certain tax laws, mandating that any increase in revenue of more than 1%, over the previous year, be approved by voters. The voters previously approved the property tax levy rate of $1.50; this would re-establish that authorized amount. The dollar amount of the levy in the fourth year would be used to establish the base amount for calculating 1% increases in the future.


Approval of this proposition would allow the Fire District to maintain the high level of services it provides to the community. Rejection of this proposition would lead to the loss of approximately $4,071,376 in projected tax revenue in the first year alone, which could affect the Fire District’s ability to continue its level of services.


East Pierce Fire & Rescue needs your support. We are asking you to please join us in voting Yes on Proposition 2 to continue funding their operations.


This is not a new tax! This re-authorizes the current Fire Levy of $1.50 per $1,00 assessed value. Current rate is $1.36 per $1000. The reauthorization would allow the rate to reset at $1.50 which is approximately $5.25 a month on a home value of $450,000. By voting yes, this maintains the current level of service and will add additional staff to open additional fire stations to better serve you and reduce response times.


Please Vote Yes to allow East Pierce Fire & Rescue to maintain the exceptional service level our communities and citizens have come to expect and deserve during the times of need.


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 84.55.050)

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

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