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King County Fire Protection District No. 45

Proposition No. 1
Bonds to Construct and Renovate Fire Stations

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 45, King County, Washington adopted Resolution No. 446, concerning a proposition to finance construction and renovation of fire stations. This proposition would authorize the District to: construct and equip a new fire station on property owned by the District; renovate and repair one or more of the District’s other stations; and make other capital improvements; issue no more than $7,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 446. Should this proposition be:

Approved

Rejected


If approved, this proposition would authorize King County Fire Protection District No. 45, Duvall Fire, to issue no more than $7,500,000 of general obligation bonds to construct and equip a new fire station, renovate and repair one or more of the District’s other stations, and make other capital improvements. The District anticipates using a combination of reserve funds and bond proceeds to pay for the proposed improvements.

Construction of the new fire station at 318th Avenue NE and NE Cherry Valley Road will improve response times in the eastern portion of the District. The District’s Board of Fire Commissioners has also found that it is essential and necessary for the protection of public health, life and property that the District make capital improvements at one or more of the District’s existing stations, including the upgrade and repair of the District’s headquarters located in downtown Duvall.

Without voter approval, there would not be sufficient funds to pay for construction of a new fire station and other capital improvements of existing fire stations.

The bonds would mature within 20 years, and be paid by annual property tax levies made in excess of regular property tax levies throughout the District, at an estimated average of 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an estimated $86.72 per year for a $500,000 house.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  For more information, please call the King County Department of Assessments 206-296-3920.

When that fire, disaster, accident or injury that risks your home, family and/or life occurs, how much will emergency response time matter?

Reduced response times help to save lives. A second Duvall Fire 45 station will make a difference and provide community-wide benefits for the Duvall community as growth in housing and traffic and an aging population of long-term residents increase the demand for emergency support.

City residents will benefit from better coverage for its growing population and higher potential for accidents and emergencies. A second station in the community provides a quicker response to second emergencies than neighboring departments can provide.

For east of the community, response times will be shorter, and more residences will be within 5 miles of a manned station, making properties that were once uninsurable become insurable and possibly reducing homeowners’ insurance premiums.

The associated bond levy cost to property tax is lower than the previous bond levy, and as property values go up, each individual’s contribution will go down. Cost of staffing the station will be paid by increased tax base revenue.

Please support the second Duvall Fire 45 station to make our community safer. It matters for everyone.

This bond will provide funding for the construction of a new fire station, however it will not provide the funding to staff it. An unstaffed station will not improve a fire protection class rating or life safety. The Fire District will need approximately $1,000,000 in additional revenue each year in order to reach those goals. That is an approximate 25% increase in it’s annual budget. If you are willing to commit to providing this funding then I recommend approving the bond. If you are not willing to commit to providing this funding then I recommend that you reject the bond.

Submitted by: Greg Garat

Yes, the bond funds necessary improvements and construction of the new station and its equipment, yet $1,000,000 in additional revenue needed each year is incorrect. An initial cost of $1,000,000 is needed the first year and only the first year. The cost for subsequent years will be based on inflation and covered by increased tax base revenue. Full staffing coverage across the community will reduce overtime currently paid to meet the community’s growing emergency needs.

Submitted by: Susan Rich, Michael Reid, Chris Martin

60% approval with minimum turnout of 1,882 voters (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: F. David Burke, Fire Chief 425-788-1625 dburke@duvallfire45.com

 

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