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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
Fire Protection District No. 15 (Munn Lake) - Proposition No. 1 - Levy Lid Lift

Introduction to Local Measure -This page contains the local measure certified to appear on the August 6, 2013, Primary Election ballot. Only voters residing in this district will be eligible to vote on this measure.

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  Only voters residing within Munn Lake Fire Protection District will vote on this measure.  
Ballot Title:
The Board of Fire Commissioners of Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 15 adopted Resolution No. 2013.001 concerning a proposition to restore the District’s regular property tax levy. The proposition would authorize an increase in regular property tax levies in 2014-2019 for fire protection services, equipment and facilities. The 2014 levy rate would be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. The limit factor for calculating the 2015-2019 maximum levies would be the increase in inflation, measured by the consumer price index, as identified in the resolution. The 2019 levy limit would be used to calculate future levy limits.
Should this proposition be:
Oval   Approved
Oval   Rejected
Explanatory Statement:

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 15, Thurston County, Washington, (Munn Lake Fire District 15) adopted Resolution No. R2013.001 concerning an increase to the District’s regular property tax levy for fire protection and basic life support services. The proposition would authorize the District to increase its regular property tax levy to an amount not to exceed $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for collection in 2014 to pay increases in operational costs, and set the limit factor at 100% plus the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (as identified in the Resolution) for each of the five succeeding years (2015-2019). The 2019 levy amount will be used to calculate subsequent levy limits.

Statement prepared by: Karen Kirkpatrick, City Attorney for Tumwater and Legal Counsel to the Fire District.

Statement For:

Why vote for this Levy Lid Lift?
Approval ensures the district can pay the contract costs for our fire and emergency medical services. This new $1.50 levy rate is below the average of the other Thurston County Fire Districts and only funds the emergency services that the City of Tumwater provides. Neighboring Fire District 6, who could be approached for these services, has the same levy rate. No other county, state, or federal sources are available to pay for these essential services.

What is the problem?
Fire District 15 is one of the smallest in the state and does not have any staff, buildings, or equipment. For perspective, this levy essentially pays the salary for about two fulltime firemen (no buildings or equipment). Our current levy rate collects about half of what the city and the rest of the county fire districts spend (based on property values) to effectively operate. For more than a decade, the city has provided these services even though we did not fully pay the costs.

This is the third and last time the city will put this specific measure on the ballot for us. They have indicated that they would not provide these services next year if we cannot fully pay for them. If the fire district is not able to contract for the services, then homeowners may feel a direct impact thru significantly increased or unavailable homeowner insurance coverage.

Please Vote Yes to fully fund our Fire District service costs.

Statement submitted by: Bill Ward

Statement Against:

Fire Protection District No. 15 has indicated they could not find anyone to write a statement against this proposition.

Ballots will begin arriving July 18, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by July 24, contact our office immediately.

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