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Key Peninsula Fire District 16 asks for M&O levy renewal

Ballots have been received and voting has started for the upcoming Aug. 2 election, including a levy renewal request from the Key Peninsula Fire District 16.

The fire district is asking voters to approve the renewal of an existing Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy that is set to expire at the end of the year. The renewal — called Proposition 1 on the ballot — asks for $800,000 in revenue annually for the next four years, the same amount the department has been collecting for the last four years, Fire Chief Guy Allen said.

It’s to keep collecting the same amount for the next four years. Basically if the levy passes everything pretty much stays the same. If the levy doesn’t pass then there will have to be changes in order to make the budget work for 2017.

Guy Allen, Fire Chief for Key Peninsula Fire District 16

“It’s to keep collecting the same amount for the next four years,” Allen said. “Basically, if the levy passes everything pretty much stays the same. If the levy doesn’t pass then there will have to be changes in order to make the budget work for 2017.”

It the levy renewal fails to pass the 60-percent majority approval, then the department will face significant cuts to its staff and training budget.

“If we lost amount of revenue next year it most certainly would affect the number of employees we could keep here,” Allen said. “The salaries and benefits category is the only category that could absorb the $800,000 loss.”

If this levy does pass, then I have assured everyone there will not be a levy measure on the ballot in 2018 and there will not be a levy measure on the ballot for 2018 from us. Guaranteed.

Allen

The renewal will not increase current taxes and is estimated to stay at the current monthly rate of about $6.50 for a $200,000-valued home, according to the Pierce County Auditor.

“If this levy does pass, then I have assured everyone there will not be a levy measure on the ballot in 2018 and there will not be a levy measure on the ballot for 2018 from us. Guaranteed,” said Allen.

Ballots are due Aug. 2, Election Day.

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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