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Pierce Co. Fire Protection District no. 5 Proposition no. 1

Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 5 (Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One) Special Election – Proposition No. 1 Six-Year Levy Lid Lift The Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 5 (Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One) adopted Resolution No. 2017-10 concerning an increase in the District's regular property tax levy. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to restore the previously voter-approved rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2018, exceeding the 1% limitation on annual increases in tax revenues, and allow annual increases of up to 6% (but never exceeding the $1.50 rate limit) for the succeeding five years. The 2023 levy dollar amount will be used to compute the limitation for subsequent levies, all as provided in Resolution No. 2017-10.Explanatory StatementGig Harbor Fire and Medic One responded to the. community's requests for emergency medical care, fire suppression, rescue, and service 5551 times last year. This is a 25% increase in calls since 2011. However, while firefighters are responding to more calls, the voter approved $1.50 fire levy has been reduced to $1.47 due to 1 % limitations. This measure would restore the levy rate to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2018 and then apply a limit factor of 6% in the succeeding five years.Revenue raised by this measure provides funding for fire protection, fire suppression, fire prevention and other services. It will help the Department keep up with increased service demand and continue to provide a high level of service to the community.If approved, this measure authorizes Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One to restore the levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value as approved by voters. It would allow the levy dollar amount to increase by up to 6% in the succeeding five years, but the rate cannot exceed $1.50 even if properties increase in value. The dollar amount of the levy in 2023 would be used to calculate future levy increase limits.
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