2020 M&O LEVY INFORMATION
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The Board of Fire Commissioners for Mountain View Fire and Rescue unanimously passed a resolution to place a Maintenance and Operations Levy (M&O Levy) on the August 4 Primary Election Ballot. If approved by voters, funding would be used to purchase protective gear for firefighters, replace a fire engine and water tender, and make repairs to fire stations to extend their usable lives.
“This is not because of COVID-19. We want to be clear on that,” said Fire Chief Greg Smith. “This funding request was planned prior to the pandemic to meet some of our operational needs. However, we are expecting call volumes to increase and this revenue can help us pay additional costs associated with responding. It is timely.”
Mountain View Fire and Rescue (formerly known as King County Fire District 44) provides wildland firefighting, fire suppression, life safety, and Basic Life Support to approximately 20,000 people over 77 square miles. Its service area includes unincorporated King County near the cities of Auburn, Enumclaw, and Kent.
Daily operations at Mountain View Fire and Rescue are funded through a regular Fire Levy paid through property taxes. From time to time, the Fire District asks voters for temporary funding through an M&O Levy. In 2013, voters approved an M&O Levy of $0.30 per $1000 of assessed property value to replace revenue lost during the last recession. That M&O Levy expired in 2017, and was only the second time we had requested additional revenue from taxpayers in our 66-year history.
Call volumes increased almost six percent last year for the Fire District, which responds to approximately 2,200 emergencies a year. The Fire District is limited to a one percent annual revenue increase in its Fire Levy by state law, which is not keeping up with the demand for service.
That’s why the Fire District is asking voters to approve a temporary M&O Levy of $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The cost of the M&O Levy would be $9.60 a month for the owner of a $384,000 home (an average for the area). The M&O Levy would expire in four years.
UPCOMING MEETINGS ON M&O LEVY
Mountain View Fire and Rescue is hosting two public meetings to answer questions about its proposed Maintenance and Operations Levy. Meetings are planned for July 14 and July 28 at 6:30 p.m. To access the virtual meetings please join via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84609190384Meeting ID: 846 0919 0384Via phone 125 321 58782 Enter PIN 84609190384#
Please mute your microphone when joining the meeting.
Chief Greg Smith is also available to answer questions at 253-735-0284 or email@example.com.
CHIEF SMITH AVAILABLE FOR PRESENTATIONS
Fire Chief Greg Smith welcomes invitations to speak (virtually) to local service organizations, community groups, and homeowner associations. He can provide an overview of the Fire District, an update on emergency response in our service area, and share information about the M&O Levy request. Please contact Chief Smith at 253-735-0284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE NEWS
Mountain View Fire and Rescue seeks levy on Aug. 4 primary ballot The Courier-Herald - July 11, 2020
Top 12 Reasons to Vote in the August 2020 Primary Election Auburn Examiner - July 10, 2020
Mountain View Fire and Rescue seeks levy on Aug. 4 primary ballot The Covington-Reporter - July 11, 2020