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Town of South Prairie Proposition no. 1

The Town Council of the Town of South Prairie passed Resolution No. 2017-03 proposing to re-authorize the previously existing tax levy rate for Emergency Medical Services. If passed, Proposition No. 1 would permit the Town of South Prairie to levy for collection in 2018, the rate of $.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation for Emergency Medical Services, which is the rate authorized previously by the voters. Thereby lifting the revenue limitation in Chapter 84.55 RCW. The maximum allowable levy in 2018 shall be used to determine future increases as allowed by chapter 84.55 RCW.Explanatory StatementThe Town of South Prairie provides fire protection and emergency medical services to its citizens through contract with East Pierce Fire and Rescue. The Town raises funds to compensate the Fire District through an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy. The current EMS levy expires at the end of 2017. This proposition will authorize the Town to restore its regular property tax levy for EMS to a rate of $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Approval of this measure will maintain funding for emergency medical services, preventing a potential reduction in services. If the levy is approved, the Town would be able to collect $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in 2018 for EMS. In subsequent years, absent further voter approval, the Town would be limited to a 1% increase in property tax collections subject to the $0.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation maximum. The South Prairie Town Council and Board of Commissioners for the Fire District concur that restoring the levy rate is necessary to maintain an effective level of service, equipment and facilities in light of rising costs.
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