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WEST PIERCE: District’s levy deserves voter support

Letter by Fredric T. Langton, University Place on July 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm with 5 Comments »
July 28, 2011 1:13 pm

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.

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  1. tree_guy says:

    Fred, in view of the recession and all, maybe the firefighters and emergency responders could take a modest pay cut and give the property owners a break. If they are truly the quality people you claim, they will understand that all Americans must share the sacrifice.

  2. Really911 says:

    Well said Tree guy

  3. How come neither of you read your community news letter sent out by the fire department?

  4. speakinmymind says:

    tree_guy – I got a news letter in the mail as Rob_D said and in it there was a dollar figure of how much all the firefighters had taken in pay cuts. And that was just for this least year, not since 2008.

  5. If you actually work the numbers they say- it makes no sense.
    Under this , the revenue to be raised in 2013 increases more than $538,000 over what they want to collect in 2012. How is that a ‘renewal’ ??
    They state that this levy funds over 25% of the entire Fire District budget. Do the math – At the proposed $1.08 per thousand, it means the entire budget would be based on $4.32 per $1,000. The entire current rate in U.P. is $2.87 per $1,000 .
    How does that work.
    This is not full disclosure of information, but IS a tax increase.
    And, after U.P. homeowners just took an 18% increase in our overall general levy rate. this will increase that number yet again.
    When does it end with increases ?

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