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Want to take sides on fire levy?

The Federal Way Fire Department will be placing a proposition on the ballot in the Sept. 17 primary election to allow the fire district to continue to levy a regular property tax rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This proposition is specifically placed to meet the requirements of Initiative 747, which the voters of our state have approved into law. I-747 requires the fire district to levy no more than 1 percent above tax revenues collected in the previous year.

The Board of Fire Commissioners has determined that a 1 percent limitation would restrict the district from levying its normal levy rate of up to 6 percent, necessitating a cutback in the present level of services provided by the Fire Department. The purpose of this proposition is to meet the stated intent of Initiative 747 by allowing the voters to approve the continuation of the present level of Fire Department services for the citizens and residents of the district by allowing the current levy statutory amount of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for one year.

If you would like to be named to a committee for or against the Fire Department proposition, please contact me by July 31. If you would like more information on the proposition, I can be reached at 946-7258.

Allen D. Church

Fire chief/administrator

Federal Way Fire Department

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