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Pierce Co. Fire Protection District no. 21 Proposition 1

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 21 (Graham Fire & Rescue) adopted Resolution No. 878 concerning an increase in the District's regular property tax levy. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to maintain the 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. 878Explanatory StatementGraham Fire and Rescue responded to the community’s requests for emergency medical care, fire suppression, rescue, and other emergency 6562 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 rate could fall to $1.38 in 2018 due to 1% limitations. This measure would maintain the levy rate of $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 emergency 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 Graham Fire to maintain the levy rate 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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