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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
Fire Protection District No. 17 (Bald Hills) - 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 Bald Hills Fire Protection District will vote on this measure.  
Ballot Title:
The Board of Fire Commissioners of Thurston County Fire Protection District No. 17 adopted Resolution No. 13-03-01 concerning a proposition relating to the District’s regular property tax levy. The proposition would keep the District’s regular property tax levy for maintenance and operations in an amount not to exceed $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2014 and would authorize setting the limit factor at 106% (but not to exceed a rate of $1.50) for each of the five succeeding years; the 2019 levy limit will be used to calculate subsequent levy limits.
Should this proposition be:
Oval   Approved
Oval   Rejected
Explanatory Statement:

Fire District #17, serving citizens of the Bald Hills and surrounding areas, is placing a multi-year lid lift proposition on the August 6, 2013 ballot. This proposition reauthorizes District to remain at the regular property tax levy rate for maintenance and operations of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2014, coupled with annual increases of up to 6% in each of the five subsequent years. The proposition is presented to allow voters to override the limitation imposed by Initiative 747, which limits total property tax revenue to 101% of the previous year’s revenue, regardless of the authorized dollar rate limitation of $1.50. The 2019 levy amount will be used to calculate subsequent levy limits.

This proposition meets the requirements of RCW 84.55, that any revenue increase greater than 1% over the previous year be approved by voters.

Approval of this proposition would allow the District to maintain the current level of life protection service and facilities. Rejection of this proposition would necessitate cutbacks in services and increased response times.

Statement prepared by:
Charles H. Houser, III, Pope, Houser & Barnes, PLLC, Attorneys at Law.

Statement For:

Where does your fire protection money go?
The Bald Hills Fire Department, Fire District No. 17, provides emergency medical services, fights fires, and provides community support through education and community activities. Approximately 85 percent of all
9-1-1 calls are medical emergencies. Your fire department also responds to structure fires, wildland fires, traffic accidents, downed power lines, flooding, and checks fire alarms and responds to service calls. The Department has a history of conservative spending and strict financial management overseen by three elected commissioners. Over the last 6 years they have supervised the upgrading of training, equipment and service on the Fire Department.

It’s a long way to the hospital, the gas station, the grocery store…
In any emergency, every minute counts. We’re at the end of the road by ourselves. In times of need, we rely on our family, friends, and neighbors. These are the same people who volunteer for your fire department. We currently have over 40 volunteers who respond to the emergency from their homes every day and night. Your volunteer responders need training, equipment, and leadership to provide quality services.

This Is Not A New Tax, This Proposition Authorizes The Regular Property Tax Rate To Remain The Same.

In 2007 the voters authorized a lid lift to $1.50. The authorization only remains in effect for 6 years and then the voters must reapprove the rate. Approval keeps the levy tax rate at the same level.

Statement submitted by: Tricia Bickett, Robert Smith, and Cathie Alonzo

Statement Against:

Fire Protection District No. 17 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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