I ask all concerned citizens to please vote yes on the South King Fire & Rescue maintenance and operations levy Aug. 7. The fire department cannot charge for the services it provides; it is totally dependent upon property taxes that are calculated from property values.
We all know that home values have been declining. The fire department has lost more than 22 percent of its annual operating budget and has eliminated 26 staff positions. We cannot afford to let our services decline any further.
I realize our economy is hurting and of course want government to be efficient, but this is too important to ignore.