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Pierce Co. Fire Protection District no. 17 Proposition no. 2

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 17 adopted Resolution No. 17-004 proposing to exceed the 1% limitation on increasing property taxes. If approved, Proposition 2 will authorize the District to restore the previously voter-approved rate of $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2018 for emergency medical 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. 17-004.Explanatory StatementPierce County Fire Protection District No 17 (South Pierce Fire and Rescue) is placing a six year emergency medical services (EMS) lid lift proposition on the November 7, 2017 ballot. This proposition, if approved, would maintain the current level of EMS services at the tax levy rate for EMS of $0.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. It also provides for an annual increase in the levy dollar amount of up to of 6% for the period of 2018 through 2023. Approval of this proposition would provide necessary funds to operate and maintain emergency medical aid vehicles staffed by emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The dollar amount of the levy in 2023 would be used to establish the base amount for calculating 1% increases in the future.This proposition meets the requirement of certain tax laws, requiring any annual increase in revenue of more than 1% to be approved by voters. In 2005, 2010, and 2016 voters approved the EMS levy rate of $0.50 per thousand dollars of valuation.Approval of this proposition would maintain the current level of services. Rejection of this proposition could lead to reduction in service levels, and an approximate revenue loss of $110,000 in the first year alone.
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