About the Levy:
Grant County Fire Protection District No. 3 provides its citizens emergency fire protection and emergency medical services. The maximum regular levy rate for Washington fire districts is $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. Due to the statutory 1% limitation on property tax increases, the Fire District’s current levy rate has dropped to $.65 per thousand. The District previously levied at the rate of $1.10 per thousand in 2013.
If approved by the voters, this proposition will authorize the District to establish its regular real property tax levy rate at $1.30 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2023 for collection in 2024 and will allow the District to keep pace with inflation by authorizing a six percent limit factor for the following five years. The dollar amount levied in the final year shall serve as the District’s future tax levy base.
The Board of Commissioners has determined that the tax levy and the revenue it will produce is necessary to maintain and improve the current level of services, firefighter staffing, equipment, and facilities and to purchase updated apparatus to continue to provide services for the protection of life and property in the growing District and to enhance public safety.
Benefits of the Levy:
Safety and Emergency Response:
The levy is crucial for maintaining a highly trained and adequately staffed fire district, enabling prompt emergency response to protect lives, property, and the environment.
Equipment and Technology Upgrades:
The levy funds will be used to acquire and maintain state-of-the-art firefighting equipment, vehicles, communication systems, and other necessary technologies.
Training and Education:
The levy ensures that our firefighters receive ongoing training and education to stay updated on the latest firefighting techniques, safety protocols, and emergency medical services and enhance their ability to serve the community effectively.
Fire Prevention and Public Education:
The levy will support fire prevention programs, including smoke detector installations, fire safety education in schools, community outreach initiatives, and fire inspections to mitigate potential risks and promote public safety.
Facility Maintenance and Upgrades:
The levy will provide resources to maintain and upgrade fire stations, ensuring a safe and efficient work environment for firefighters and preserving our community’s valuable infrastructure.
Accountability and Transparency:
Oversight: The utilization of levy funds will be subject to strict financial oversight and accountability measures, ensuring that the resources are used as intended.
Reporting: The Fire District will provide regular reports on the allocation and expenditure of levy funds, offering transparency to the community regarding how their tax dollars are being utilized.
Independent Audit: An independent audit of the Fire District’s finances will be conducted periodically to ensure adherence to financial regulations and proper management of funds.
Vote: Remember to vote in the upcoming election. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
Volunteer: Consider volunteering your time and skills to support the Fire District’s operations, community outreach programs, events, or fundraising activities.
Spread Awareness: Share this fact sheet with others, discuss the importance of the levy with your community, and encourage informed decision-making regarding the levy.
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This is NOT a new Tax!!