LETTER: South King levy not a new tax

To the editor:
South King Fire & Rescue (SKFR) needs your support to continue the expiring Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy. The M&O Levy is a funding measure previously supported by voters to bridge a budget gap required to maintain quality fire department services.

SKFR continues to offer higher quality fire and emergency services at a lower cost to taxpayers in surrounding communities. In order to maintain these services, please VOTE YES to continue SKFR's maintenance and operations levy in the election on November 8, 2016. This four year levy will allow the district to continue to bridge the gap between current funding and the actual cost of operating at an efficient level for our community and our firefighters.

This is not a new tax, rather a renewal of an existing levy at a lower rate. With improving property values, SKFR is able to reduce the necessary levy amount. At a proposed nineteen cents (.19) per thousand of assessed property valuation, this measure is a savings of ten (.10) cents per thousand over the current levy rate!

Everyone must vote, every vote counts. When you get the ballot, please fill it out and send it right back!! This levy requires a 60% super-majority to pass. This is the only chance to provide a stable funding source for the next 4 years.

SKFR NEEDs OUR HELP!!! Vote YES in SUPPORT of our community's and our firefighter’s safety!

Wayne S. Corey

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