Tumwater City Fire & Police Levy Increase (August 2011)

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A Tumwater City Fire & Police Levy Increase measure was on the August 16, 2011 ballot in the city of Tumwater which is in Thurston County.
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This measure has been approved

  • YES 1,860 (50.12%)Approveda
  • NO 1,851 (49.88%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current property tax rate in order to help pay for additional police and fire services in the city. City officials expected to have near $1.44 million a year in additional money which would be used to hire more fire fighters, add to the current police facility and replace old fire engines used in the city. Though city officials noted that asking for any additional money was hard for families, they hoped that residents would see the need and approve this measure.[2]

If approved, the property tax rate for residents would be set at a rate of $2.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value and would be in place for a period of four years.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The City Council has adopted Ordinance O2011-005 concerning a levy lid lift for public safety funding. If approved, this proposition would authorize an increased regular property tax levy in 2012-2017 for public safety purposes, including fire fighters, police officers, public safety facilities and equipment. The 2012 levy rate would be $2.945736/ $1,000 of assessed value, estimated to raise $1,443,500 in 2012. The levy limits for 2013-2017 would be adjusted for inflation, measured by the consumer price index. The 2017 levy would be used to calculate future levy limits and future increases would be limited as provided by statute.[4]


  1. Thurston Count Elections, Current Election Results
  2. The Olympian, "Tumwater has tough choice with levy vote in August," May 12, 2011
  3. Thurston County Elections August Voter's Pamphlet
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.