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Mountain View Fire and Rescue

Proposition No. 1

Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations

 

The Board of Mountain View Fire and Rescue adopted Resolution No. 20-535 concerning a proposition to adequately finance maintenance and operation costs. This proposition provides for the support of fire protection and emergency medical services, facilities, maintenance, staffing and operations by authorizing the District to levy the following excess taxes:

 

Collection 
Year
Approximate Levy
Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value
Levy
Amount

2021

$0.30

$965,000

2022

$0.30

$965,000

2023

$0.30

$965,000

2024

$0.30

$965,000

Should this proposition be approved?

Yes

No


If approved by the voters, Mountain View Fire & Rescue will be authorized to collect a Maintenance and Operations levy in the sum of $965,000 per year for a temporary four-year period. The District estimates that the associated tax levy rate each year will be approximately $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. This excess levy will be in addition to the District’s regular tax levy.

Call volumes increased almost six percent last year. The District is limited to a one percent revenue increase by state law, and it’s not keeping up with the demand for service. More calls mean added wear and tear on emergency equipment. Certain emergency apparatus needs to be replaced before becoming unreliable. Some fire stations also require major repairs and maintenance to extend their usable lives.

These capital items are too expensive to fund through the District’s daily operating levy without cutting emergency service levels. This M&O levy will allow the District to pay cash for these purchases thereby avoiding interest charges. The District also anticipates a portion of the M&O levy will help cover unanticipated costs associated with COVID-19, such as personal protective gear for firefighters and medical equipment.

The M&O levy would cost the owner of a $384,000 home (an average for the area) approximately $9.60 a month. The levy would expire in four years, while the capital items will last for 15-30 years. More information on the M&O levy can be found on the Fire District’s website at www.mvfire.org.
 

As residents of the Mountain View Fire and Rescue we are fortunate to have highly skilled, well-trained emergency personnel and fire fighters. The Fire District is asking for a Maintenance and Operations Levy to update protective gear and apparatus. 

Our fire stations are a community investment and some stations require major repairs and maintenance to extend their usable lives. A fire engine and a water tender need to be replaced before they become unreliable. Other critical equipment updates needed are defibrillators and self-contained breathing apparatus. The pandemic has shown how important personal protective equipment is. These items are essential to saving lives, but are too expensive to fund through the regular fire levy, which pays for daily operations. 

The proposed M&O Levy would cost the average homeowner around $10 per month. It would expire in four years, but the investments will last 15-30 years. 

Our Fire District has a long history of only asking us for help when it is needed. In fact, this is only the second time they’ve requested additional revenue in 66 years. They are there 24/7 to help us.  We need to do our part. Please vote yes.

Linda Sue Cowan, Jim Rottle, cowanls@comcast.net

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% approval and at least 1,460 Yes votes (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Greg Smith, Fire Chief, 253-735-0284, chiefsmith@mvfire.org

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