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Tag: Orting Valley Fire & Rescue

April
23rd

Early election results show strong support for all measures except Bonney Lake park district

BONNEY LAKE

Early results showed voters apparently rejected creation of a park district in Bonney Lake, which would have granted the city authority to tax residents to maintain parks and recreation facilities.

The measure was one of three ballot measures in Tuesday’s special election, all of which were issues concentrated in East Pierce County.

Approval of the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would have created a supplemental tax and established a dedicated funding source for the management, improvement and maintenance of parks, according to the ballot’s explanatory statement.

Statutory tax limits and the district’s status

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April
16th

Residents in Orting fire district to vote on levy in spring election

Orting residents have received mail-in ballots to vote on a fire district levy that would generate $825,000 in annual revenue, covering a four-year period through 2017.

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue, Fire District No. 18, is requesting funds for district maintenance and operations, according to the voters pamphlet and Pierce County Elections.

“We wouldn’t ask if we didn’t think we needed (the funds),” said Zane Gibson, the district’s fire chief. “We aren’t trying to do anything new we are just trying to keep the lights on.”

If approved in the April 23 election, Proposition 1 would

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