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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 King County Fire Protection District No. 45, King County, Washington adopted Resolution No. 452, concerning a proposition to improve emergency response times across the District. This proposition would authorize the District to: construct and equip a new fire station on property owned by the District; renovate, repair and improve the District’s existing fire stations (including the Headquarters station located in downtown Duvall); make other capital improvements; issue no more than $7,650,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 452. Should this proposition be:

Approved

Rejected


Duvall-KCFD 45 provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the City of Duvall and the communities of Lake Margret and Lake Marcel. To reduce response times for the protection of public health, life and property across the entire service area of the District, the Board of Fire Commissioners has found that it is essential and necessary to construct a new fire station at 318th Avenue NE and NE Cherry Valley Road, improve one or more of the District’s existing stations, including the District’s Headquarters station in downtown Duvall, and make other capital improvements.

If approved, this proposition would authorize up to $7,650,000 of general obligation bonds. The District anticipates using a combination of bond proceeds and existing reserve funds to pay for the improvements. Without voter approval, there will not be sufficient funds to pay for the fire stations.

The bonds would mature within 20 years and be repaid from annual property tax levies made in excess of regular property tax levies at an estimated rate of 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an estimated $85.28 per year for a $500,000 home.

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.

For east of the city, 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.  With the increasing threat of wildfires this station will also help safeguard our community and protect homes and forested lands.

City residents will benefit from better coverage for the growing population and higher potential for accidents and emergencies.  The anticipated growth of Duvall proper will be a challenge for a single station to cover.  A second station in the district provides a quicker response to additional emergencies than neighboring departments can provide.

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

Submitted by: Chris Martin, Mike Reid, Susan Rich

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.

60% yes vote with minimum turnout of 1,882 voters (Wash. Const. art. 7, sec. 2(b))

F. David Burke, Fire Chief, 425-788-1625, dburke@duvallfire45.com

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