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Pierce Co. Fire Protection District no. 17 Proposition no. 1

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 17 adopted Resolution No. 17-003 proposing to exceed the 1% limitation on increasing property taxes. 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 for fire protection services and allow annual increases of up to 6% 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. 17-003.Explanatory StatementPierce County Fire Protection District No 17 (South Pierce Fire and Rescue) is placing a six year emergency services lid lift proposition on the November 7, 2017 ballot. This proposition, if approved, would maintain the current level of fire suppression, rescue, and fire prevention services at the levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. It also provides for an annual increase in the levy dollar amount of up to 6% of assessed valuation, for a six year period covering 2018 through 2023.This proposition meets the requirement of certain tax laws, mandating that any increase in revenue of more than 1% over the previous year, be approved by voters. The voters previously approved the property tax levy rate of $1.50. Approval of this proposition would re-establish that authorized rate. The dollar amount of the levy in the sixth year would be used to establish the base amount for calculating 1% increases in the future.Approval of this proposition would maintain the current level of services. Rejection of this proposition could lead to reduced service levels and an approximate revenue loss of $253,000 in the first year alone, which could affect the District's ability to continue current levels of service.
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