Ballot Measure 34-211
Voters support TVF&R's replacement levy in the May 2014 election
Why a replacement levy?
Since 2000, TVF&R has had the same local option levy rate. That levy expired in June 2015. This five-year levy took its place as of July 2015.
What does the replacement levy provide?
TVF&R’s highest priority is fast and effective emergency response. Be it a fire, cardiac arrest, or car crash, our commitment is to take immediate action within minutes of a 9-1-1 call.
Toward this commitment, the replacement levy will:
- Retain 42 current firefighter medics hired since 2000. These firefighters ensure every crew has enough personnel to provide fast, safe, and effective response to fires, and immediate lifesaving care at medical incidents and rescue situations.
- Add up to 44 firefighter medics, apparatus, and contribute to the construction of new stations. Increases in 9-1-1 calls and traffic created demands on our network of stations. Our community is also growing older. This can prompt more calls and result in longer time on scene as crews provide care to patients. The levy will provide additional resources throughout the district to better ensure fast and effective response.
The replacement levy has a rate of 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, a 20-cent increase over the current rate.
For a typical home with an assessed value of $230,000, this will result in a total cost of $104 (a $46 increase) in 2015. It will appear for the first time on the November 2015 property tax bill.
Why new personnel and stations?
Consistent with industry standards, TVF&R’s travel time objective is 5 minutes 12 seconds or less. Demands on our services are challenging our network of stations.
Additional firefighters, at new and existing sites within TVF&R’s network, will improve response times and increase the reliability of current stations to serve their immediate neighborhoods. Positions that support safe and reliable emergency operations such as fire prevention, training, and apparatus maintenance will also be funded.