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Tag: Orting


Orting fire levy appears to be passing as more ballots roll in; required number of ‘yes’ votes reached

Orting voters appeared to be approving a tax measure that would generate $825,000 for the fire district through 2017.

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue submitted the levy for Tuesday’s special election to restore the district’s funding to 2009 levels, after the economic downturn and declining property values led to a 30 percent reduction in the last five years.

Fire Chief Zane Gibson said passage of the levy would allow the district to maintain response times and ambulance services at no cost to residents. Failure would likely lead to private ambulance services, which would cost residents money and increase response times.

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


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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Sun shines on Orting for Daffodil Parade finale

The shortest leg of the four parades showed no shortage of energy Saturday evening, as the sun made a late appearance for Orting’s turn in the 80th Daffodil Parade. Residents from the small town and surrounding cities lined the sidewalks, dancing to upbeat tunes and waving to yellow-clad princesses.

“My favorite are the pirates,” said Isaiah Summers, 5, who had been to all four parades with his mom, Kimberly, 39. The Tacoma family was out cheering on Isaiah’s cousin who was marching in the Spanaway Lake High School marching band.

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