King County Fire District 20
PROPOSITION No. 1
Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations
On November 7, 2017, voters will be asked to renew the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy.
What is a Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Levy?
The M&O levy is authorized by the RCW for maintenance and operational support of a fire district for the period designated by the proposition. This funding enables the fire district to sustain an adequate level of service and keep the district’s facilities operational and safe.
Is the M&O necessary?
Property taxes are the primary source of funding for fire districts, providing 90% of the revenue. Even with increases in assessed valuation, the amount of property tax which can be collected is limited by legislation to an increase of only 1% annually. The costs of providing fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency medical services have increased because of specialized equipment, personnel training, supplies and reporting required by county, state and federal regulations. This M&O levy will provide the funds necessary to continue safe, effective and efficient services to our community.
Have the citizens of West Hill supported this M&O before?
YES! In 2012, voters overwhelmingly approved the M&O Levy.
This M&O levy was in place for 4 years; it expired in December 2016
- $650,000 collected in 2013 and 2014 ($.60 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.)
- $850,000 collected in 2015 and 2016 ($.90 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.)
What is the cost of the M&O renewal?
This four (4) year levy will collect a fixed amount in accordance with the previous levy.
- $650,000 for 2018 and 2019 ($.41 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.)
- $850,000 for 2020 and 2021. ($.53 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.)
How long is the renewal good for?
The renewal is good for another 4 years. It would expire in 2021.
The Fire District will use the proposed levy funding to support:
|· Fire Station Staffing||· Fire & Medical Training|
|· Critical Infrastructure||· Firefighter Safety|
|· Volunteer programs||· Emergency Vehicle Maintenance|