Incentive not need | Letters
April 5, 2012 · 4:21 PM
Look carefully at what South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Wayne Senter is saying about the SKFR levy that is out. He says that the 2012 levy collection average for a $225,000 home is $.26 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or $60 a year. He says that when SKFR was given the present levy response times were cut by three minutes. The response time that Senter has talked about has nothing to do with this levy or time. If response time improves with the passing of a levy then the money is an “incentive” for the firefighters to get on the job faster and nothing more. With that being the case how many more “incentives” can you afford to pay voters?
Senter makes specific reference to manning Station 11 on Bethel Road after the levy in point here was passed. That station has always been manned since I moved to the area in 1973 except for the time period prior to the passing of this current levy when all firemen were moved to other stations for the appearance of cuts and closures. This little maneuver panicked the voters and caused passing of the current levy and the next day the firemen were back at the Bethel station. Senter also is not telling you that there is another current levy covering the same people and issues. That levy collects $.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. You are paying for the argued services twice, people. Your current $.26 cents is actually $.76 cents, the $1.38 is actually $1.88, and the increased $1.48 is actually $1.98 with an unknown amount yet to be placed on that amount for 2012.
Here is the real problem with passing this levy again. Senter’s $.26 cents per $1,000 is out the window, bogus. Now the threat, quote, “Reduction in staff and service are likely without them they say,” unquote meaning Kitsap and Mason levies. The campaigning for the passing of this levy is bogus because the argument is that the levy is being renewed at the current rate that happens to be $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value and that also is bogus. This levy is an “increase” not a renewal of the present levy at the same rate because the voting ballot clearly states that the levy will be $1.48 per $1,000 of assessed property value — is that not $.10 per $1,000 of assessed property value — a tax increase? Additionally, be for warned by SKFR that they will be collecting more than the $1.48 per $1,000 tax increase in 2012 because Kitsap County has again de-valued property (last month) in order to increase the amount of property tax dollars that SKFR can take away from you. It absolutely astounds me as to why SKFR runs a levy when Jim Avery’s office only has to de-value property to allow SKFR to collect more tax money each and every year.
Is it possible that some of the fire districts should join some of the police departments that are being closed because the voters can no longer support their bloated budgets? Fire districts are exempt from this happening. NOT!
One thing is very apparent with this levy and that is the fact that there are too many sets of false facts and numbers to justify anything but a “NO” vote on this levy renewal.
Larry L. Mann