Pierce County FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NO. 21 Proposition No. 1
Excess Property Tax Levy for Maintenance and Operation ExpensesThe Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 21 (Graham Fire & Rescue) adopted Resolution No. 891 concerning a replacement levy for maintenance and operations expenses. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to levy, without regard to the dollar rate and percentage limitations imposed by Chapter 84.52 RCW, the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District, for maintenance and operations and to maintain current levels of fire and emergency medical services: Collection Year Estimated Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed ValueLevy Amount2019 $0.60 $4,300,000 2020 $0.56 $4,300,000 2021 $0.54$4,300,0002022 $0.51 $4,300,000all as provided in Resolution No. 891. Explanatory StatementGraham Fire & Rescue is placing a maintenance and operations excess levy proposition on the February 13, 2018 ballot. This proposition will authorize the fire district to collect $4.3 million annually for four years, at an approximate rate of $0.60 to $0.51 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, starting in 2019 and ending in 2022. The actual rate should decrease every year due to growth in the total assessed valuation. This proposition reauthorizes the same initial rate approved by the voters on November 4, 2014.The fire district has seen significant growth in population (19% in the last ten years) with a greater increase in incident response demand (41% in the last ten years). Current staffing levels are inadequate to sustain the current response times due to this increase in demand for service. Ability to meet future service demands will be compromised without increased staffing levels. Graham Fire & Rescue responded to 6545 Incidents in 2016.Approval of this proposition would maintain the current level of services, by allowing an increase in staffing levels to meet current demand, provide for replacement of aging medical transport units and fire trucks, critical lifesaving equipment replacement, while maintaining District reserves.
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