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Pierce Co. Fire Protection District no. 18 Proposition no. 1

Excess Property Tax Levy for Maintenance and Operation ExpensesThe Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Orting Valley Fire & Rescue) adopted Resolution No. 2017-009 concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operations expenses. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District to be used for maintenance and operations and to maintain the current level of fire and emergency medical services:Collection YearApproximate Levy Rate Per $1000 Assessed ValueLevy Amount2018$0.63$825,0002019$0.63$825,0002020$0.62$825,0002021$0.62$825,000all as provided in Resolution No. 2017-009.Explanatory StatementOrting Valley Fire and Rescue is placing an excess levy proposition on the November 7, 2017 ballot. This proposition will authorize the fire district to collect $825,000 annually, at an approximate rate of $0.62 to $0.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a four year period covering 2018 through 2021. The levy is a renewal of the levy passed by voters in 2013. This levy is a renewal of the current Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy and will not raise taxes for a property owner. It is anticipated that the levy for property owners will drop each year due to increased growth within the fire district. Passage of this levy will allow the fire district to maintain current services. Call volume increased by 4.5% in 2016 and has increased by 29% since 2010. This levy is necessary to continue to provide high quality service to the citizens of Orting Valley Fire and Rescue.Approval of this proposition would maintain the current level of services. Rejection of this proposition would lead to reductions in service levels.
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