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East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Proposition No. 1
Single-Year Levy Lid Lift

The Board of Fire Commissioners of East Pierce Fire & Rescue adopted Resolution No. 1046 concerning a proposition to finance maintenance, operations and facilities improvements. Shall the District be authorized to restore the District's regular property tax rate to $1.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, exceeding the 1% limitation on annual increases in tax revenues for one year, with the levy dollar amount collected in 2025 to be used for computing the limitations for subsequent levies?

Should this Proposition be:



East Pierce Fire & Rescue (District) is placing a one-year lid lift proposition on the April 23, 2024 special-election ballot. East Pierce Fire & Rescue serves a population of over 100,000 residents including Bonney Lake, Sumner, Lake Tapps, the Ridge Communities, South Prairie, Tehaleh, Edgewood, Milton, and a large portion of unincorporated Pierce County. The District responded to 12,558 emergency calls in 2023. This is a 47.4% increase in emergency calls since 2013. However, while firefighters are responding to more calls, the District’s $1.50 general levy has been reduced to $1.09 due to 1% limitations.


Passage of this measure would provide sustainable funding for District operations and emergency response. It will ensure the District can provide the high level of service voters expect, while keeping up with increased service demand and population growth.


If this proposition passes, a taxpayer with the average home value of $500,000 would anticipate an increased tax of $17 per month.  If approved, this measure authorizes the District to restore the levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value as previously approved by voters. The dollar amount of the levy collected in 2025 would be used to calculate future levy increase limits.

Increasing Populations with Limited Resources

East Pierce Fire & Rescue serves over 100,000 residents and growing while facing increased demand for fire and medical services. Without approval of Proposition 1, the fire district faces a budget shortfall and will not be able to keep up with the growing demand for exceptional lifesaving services.

Not a New Tax

A Yes Vote is not a new tax, but a restoration of the previous voter approved amount of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. State law has caused the Fire Levy to drop below the level previously approved by voters in 2017.

Supported by your Firefighters and Commissioners

Supported by your Professional Firefighters and your Board of Fire Commissioners, this measure is deemed essential to maintain exceptional lifesaving services and maintain the improved services. We urge you to vote Yes on Proposition 1 to restore the fire levy and ensure continued quality service in our community.

Submitted by: Greg Reinke, Kathy Hayden, Christy Ferber

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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