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Asotin Fire District 1 Property Tax Levy for Protection and Emergency Medical Seervices

The Board of Asotin County Fire Protection District No. 1 adopted Resolution No. 17-03 concerning a proposition to maintain and adequately fund District operations. This proposition authorizes the District to restore its regular property tax levy to $1.06 per $1,000 of assessed value to be assessed in 2017 and collected in 2018. The funds will maintain and improve fire protection and emergency medical services, maintain staffing, replace apparatus, equipment and facilities and provide for firefighter safety. The maximum allowable levy in 2017 shall serve as the base for subsequent levy limitations as provided by chapter 84.55 RCW.Explanatory Statement: Asotin County Fire Protection District No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to its citizens. This proposition will authorize the District to restore its regular real property tax levy rate (which is currently approximately $.72 per thousand of assessed valuation) to the 1995 levy rate of $1.06 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The District’s Board of Commissioners has determined that establishing the levy rate at $1.06 per $1,000 is necessary to maintain an effective level of services, fire fighter staffing, equipment and facilities in light of rising costs. Approval of this measure will allow the District to maintain and improve the level of fire protection and emergency medical services. If the levy is approved, the District would assess the new rate in 2017 for collection in 2018. In subsequent years, absent further voter approval, increases will be subject to the statutory one percent limit. If the levy is approved, the maximum tax per $100,000 assessed valuation would not exceed $106.00 each year or approximately $8.83 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.
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