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North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Property Tax Levy Lift Proposition No. 1

The Board of Commissioners of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a fire protection district, adopted Resolution No. 426 concerning property tax levies. This proposition would authorize increasing the District's regular property tax levy rate, currently $0.76 per $1 ,000 of assessed valuation, to $1.11 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2017 for collection in 2018, and the maximum allowable levy in 2017 shall serve as the base for subsequent levy limitations allowed by Chapter 84.55 RCW, as provided in Resolution No. 426. Explanatory Statement North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides fire protection and emergency medical services to its citizens. This proposition will authorize the District to establish its regular real property tax levy rate (which is currently approximately $.76 per thousand of assessed valuation) with a levy rate not to exceed $1.11 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.The District's Board of Commissioners has determined that establishing the levy rate at $1.11 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 $110.00 each year or approximately $9.17 per month for fire protection and emergency medical services.
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