Port Townsend Annexation into Fire District 1 (November 2011)
|Not on Ballot|
| This measure did not or |
will not appear on a ballot
This measure had sought to annex the city of Port Townsend into the Jefferson County Fire District 1 area. An increase to property taxes would also have been implemented, at a rate of $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If this had been approved, the current city tax for fire protection services would have likely been repealed so as there would have been incentive by residents to approve the new taxing district.
This question will be postponed until after August 2012 due to remaining questions about assessment costs. The re-assessment of the district's taxes is set to occur in 2012, so delaying this vote would lead to less confusion for voters and a more accurate assessing of the taxes. This measure was then removed from consideration for the ballot and a property tax increase will be implemented instead in the district area.
- Peninsula Daily News, "Port Townsend voters to weigh fire coverage in November," July 6, 2011
- Peninsula Daily News, "Port Townsend council to hear suggestion to place levy lid lift on ballot," July 10, 2011
- Peninsula Daily News, "Port Townsend council switches course, decides to seek property tax increase," July 11, 2011