Renewing West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s maintenance and operations levy deserves voters’ support. This two-year levy, which will fund more than 25 percent of the fire district’s budget, is not a new tax. It replaces the current levy and it will not increase taxes.
In these difficult economic times, we must continue our support for essential first responders. Medical aid calls make up nearly 90 percent of West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s total calls for help. Quick response time can be the difference between life and death. Supporting the levy will help maintain quick response times.
The district’s fire commissioners have been good stewards of your tax dollars. The recent merger of the Lakewood and University Place fire departments resulted in savings of more than $900,000 annually by eliminating redundant positions and programs. Additionally, employee concessions during the past two years saved more than $500,000.
It is now time for us, the voting citizens, to support our fire department. Vote yes, authorizing continuation of West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s two-year property tax levy for maintenance and operation expenses.