South King Fire & Rescue – encompassing Des Moines, Federal Way and parts of South King County – needs our help. Everyone knows that the economy the last few years has been in the dumps. But not everyone knows that our fire district’s operating funds come solely from property taxes; with property values decreasing 20 percent or more, it’s obvious that the district must tighten its belt.
It has already greatly reduced operating expenses: 23 personnel are gone, including 13 firefighter/EMTs, and a a full-time aid car and a half-time aid car have been eliminated. Unfortunately, the economic picture is …