Pierce County Fire District No. 18 Tax Levy Proposition (April 2013)

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A Pierce County Fire District No. 18 Tax Levy proposition was approved on the April 23, 2013, election ballot in Pierce County, which is in Washington.

This measure authorized the Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18 to impose and excess property tax levy of $825,000 per year for four years in order to retain the current levels of services. The estimated property tax rate for this measure is not more than 0.92 mill ($0.92 per $1,000 of assessed valuation) for each year. See details below in the Text of the measure and Explanatory statement.

A 60% majority approval rate was required for approval. There is also a minimum number of yes votes required. The election results below are unofficial. Follow this page for updated election results.[1]

Election results

Pierce County

Pierce County Fire District No. 18 Prop. 1
Approveda Yes 1,571 66.18%
These election results are from the Pierce County elections office

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Orting Valley Fire & Rescue) adopted Resolution No. 2012-015 concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation expenses. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District to be used for maintenance and operations to maintain the current level of fire and emergency medical services:[1][2]
Collection Year: Approx. rate/$1,000 value Levy Amount
2014 $0.92 $825,000
2015 $0.92 $825,000
2016 $0.91 $825,000
2017 $0.89 $825,000

Explanatory statement

Below is a statement provided by the Pierce County elections office that explains this proposition further:

Orting Valley Fire and Rescue is placing an excess levy proposition on the April 23, 2013 ballot. This proposition will authorize the fire district to collect $825,000 annually, at an approximate rate of $0.89 to $0.92 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, for a four year period covering 2014 through 2017. The proposition is presented to allow voters the opportunity to maintain current

fire department services, personnel and reserves at current levels. The fire district has lost over $826,220 in revenue since 2009 due to the nationwide recession, necessitating cutbacks in expenditures and drastic cuts to reserve funds, but without significant service level cuts thus far. Since 2010, the department has made the following reductions, training programs $30,000; cleaning supplies $1,500; legal fees $15,000; volunteer reimbursements $30,000; change of insurance $16,000; Firefighter and staff salary concessions $72,983; and staff reassignments $50,000

Approval of this proposition would maintain the current level of services. Rejection of this proposition would lead to further reductions in service levels.[1][2]


Arguments in support of this proposition:

Support Your Fire District and Firefighters

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue needs your support. Please Vote Yes to maintain the current level of fire protection and emergency services by approving a four-year maintenance and operations levy. Your Yes vote on the M&O Levy will make sure our district and firefighters have the resources, training and personnel they need to save lives.

The Fire District has Reduced Spending The recession of 2009, has challenged us to think proactively about how to address reduced costs. These reductions include pay cuts, reduced overtime & training, and leaving an integral position vacant.

The district has lost 30% of its funding since 2009 and is expecting another 2% drop in funding next year.

Maintain High Quality Service Approving the levy will maintain the quality service levels and rapid response times that our citizens have come to expect. Please vote Yes to keep the services you deserve.[1][2]

These arguments were prepared and submitted by Pamela Giles, palajen@aol.com, Cole Kiphart, and Jonathan Burgos.


No arguments were submitted in opposition to this proposition. If you have an argument that you would like posted email editor@ballotpedia.org.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pierce County Voter’s Quide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.