King County Maple Valley Fire Protection District No. 43 Tax Levy Proposition (April 2013)

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A King County Maple Valley Fire Protection District No. 43 Tax Levy proposition was approved on the April 23, 2013, election ballot in King County, which is in Washington.

This measure would have authorized the King County Fire Protection District No. 43 to impose an excess property tax levy of $1.5 million per year fr three years with an approximate levy rate each year of $0.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This tax is in order to fund operations and maintain current level of services in the district.

This measure required a 3/5ths (60%) majority approval rate with a minimum of 4,963 yes votes to pass.

Election results

King County

King County Fire District No. 43 Prop. 1
Approveda Yes 5,388 64.34%
These election results are from the King County elections office

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

The Board of King County Fire Protection District No. 43 (Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety) adopted Resolution No. R-2013-005 concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operations. This proposition would authorize the District to levy an excess property tax on all taxable property within the District beginning with collection in 2014 and continuing for two years thereafter to be used for maintenance and operations to maintain the current level of fire services and emergency medical services. The levy amount for each of the three years would be $1,500,000 with an approximate rate each year of $0.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation (the actual rate will be based on assessed values).

Should this proposition be approved?



Explanatory statement

This is a statement provided by the King County elections office:

Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety, serving the citizens of Greater Maple Valley, is placing a maintenance and operations levy proposition on the April 23, 2013 ballot. This proposition will authorize the fire district to collect $1.5 million annually, at an approximate rate of $0.38 per $1000 of assessed valuation, for a three year period covering 2014 through 2016. This proposition is presented to allow voters the opportunity to maintain current fire department services and personnel. In addition, it will allow the district to re-staff an aid car for emergency responses, which has been currently reduced to part-time.

The fire district has lost over $1.6 million in revenues since 2010 and projects a further reduction of approximately 1 million in 2014 due to the nationwide recession and loss of property values. Declining tax revenues and increasing costs have necessitated cutbacks in service levels and personnel, including one aid car reduced to part-time status. The reduction of revenue has also caused a total of nine department vacancies, including five firefighters eliminated through layoffs and/or attrition.

Approval of this proposition would allow the department to maintain the current level of service, maintain all current firefighter positions, allow the district to move the aid car from part-time to fulltime status, and prevent cutbacks in services and the imminent layoff of firefighters that would otherwise be necessary.[1][2]


Below are statements in support of this proposition:

Please join your local concerned citizens and Vote Yes for Proposition 1.

Your Yes vote will save lives and maintain the quality fire and emergency services our community expects and deserves.

Declining property values has resulted in a 1.5 million shortfall in our fire district’s budget since 2010. Without this levy, the deficit is anticipated to increase well over 2.5 million in the year 2014. Firefighters and staff have already given concessions in wages and benefits and despite reducing staff by 9 positions and cutting programs, the fire district cannot continue to provide the same quality of services without replacing lost revenue.

Approving this levy will save lives.

  • It will keep all current fire stations open and fully staffed.
  • It will guarantee 24 hour staffing of an aid car currently part time.
  • It will prevent the planned firefighter layoffs.
  • It will prevent response time from continuing to rise and jeopardizing the safety of our community.

The fire district isn’t asking for an increase in revenue, they’re asking to restore some of the lost revenue caused by declining home values.

It’s your Choice! Please support the fire district that supports you. Please join us and Vote Yes![2]

These arguments were prepared and submitted by Sue Van Ruff, Mike Maryanski, and Brett Habenicht.


No statement was submitted in opposition to this proposition. If you have an argument that you would like posted here please email

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