Pierce County Fire District 5 Levy Increase (April 2012)

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A Pierce County Fire District 5 Levy Increase measure was on the April 17, 2012 ballot in the fire district area which is in Pierce County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 7,134 (63.61%)Approveda
  • NO 4,081 (36.39%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current levy by a rate of $.50 per $1,000 of assessed value in order to further pay for district operational costs. District officials noted the decline in property assessment costs as the main reason for the need for additional funds. The money will just help maintain current services and is expected to generate $1.1 million per year for district needs.[2]

The News Tribune noted that it would not endorse this measure because the levy would be permanent and the district had not given enough reason for a permanent levy when their current one will not expire for two more years.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 5 (Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One) be authorized to impose a PERMANENT regular property tax levy of $0.50 or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation to fund emergency medical services, including advanced life support (paramedic) services?[4][5]