South King Fire District Levy Addition (April 2012)

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A South King Fire District Levy Addition measure was on the April 17, 2012 ballot in the South King fire district area which is in King County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 9,635 (58.98%)Approveda
  • NO 6,701 (41.02%)[1]

This measure sought to add to the current district levy by a rate of $.29 per $1,000 of assessed value for a further three years in order to continue to pay for maintenance and operational costs in the district.[2]

The News Tribune had given its endorsement to this measure noting that the fire department has already implemented cost cutting measures and this addition would just allow the district to maintain those services and personnel which are already employed. A defeat of this measure would have meant that more programs would be cut as well as employees.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Commissioners of South King Fire & Rescue adopted Resolution No. 481 concerning an excess levy for 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 2013 and continuing for three years thereafter to be used for maintenance and operations and to maintain the current level of fire and emergency medical services. The levy amount for each of the four years would be $3,500,000 with an approximate rate in the first year of $0.29 per $1,000.00 of assessed valuation. Should this proposition be approved?[4]