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					                           RESOLUTION NO. R-2008-164

A RESOLUTION         A Resolution amending Resolution No. R-2008-136, adopted by a
                     majority of the City Council on October 7, 2008 concerning a City
                     of Yakima Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy, by adding the
                     mandated referendum procedure and making other housekeeping
                     language changes; Resolution No. R-2008-136 provided for the
                     submittal to the electors of the City of Yakima, Washington, on the
                     February 3, 2009 Special Election, a measure to authorize a
                     permanent City of Yakima dedicated EMS Levy of up to 25 cents
                     per thousand dollars of assessed property valuation, the
                     generated revenue to be used to fund additional firefighters and
                     equipment, maintain fire engines, implement a non-transport
                     Firefighter/Paramedic program, and fund an additional emergency
                     dispatcher, thereby enhancing fire protection and emergency
                     medical services or care as authorized by RCW 84.52.069.


      WHEREAS, on October 7, 2008, the Yakima City Council adopted Resolution
No. R-2008-136, placing a City of Yakima EMS Levy Authorization measure on the
February 3, 2009 Special Election ballot; and

       WHEREAS, further legal research has revealed the State mandates a
referendum procedure for permanent EMS levy measures; and

      WHEREAS, this Resolution allows the City Council to amend Resolution No.
R-2008-136 by adding the mandated referendum procedure and make other
housekeeping language changes; and

       WHEREAS, the rising call volume and the decline in Firefighters per capita have
diminished the Yakima Fire Department’s ability to respond to emergencies over the
past ten years; and

        WHEREAS, the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB) is an
organization tasked with rating the performance, such as response time and staffing
levels, of Washington State Fire Departments and their ratings do affect insurance
premiums; and

       WHEREAS, the Yakima Fire Department has the distinction of receiving the
poorest rating from the WSRB for a fully paid professional fire department among
comparable sized cities; and

        WHEREAS, pursuant to RCW 84.52.069 the City of Yakima may ask the voters
for authority to levy a property tax of up to 50 cents per thousand dollars of assessed
valuation to support emergency medical services and emergency medical care; and

        WHEREAS, a City of Yakima dedicated EMS levy of 25 cents per thousand
dollars of assessed property valuation is estimated to generate 1.3 Million Dollars per
year; and




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      WHEREAS, the revenue generated by a voter approved City of Yakima EMS
Levy would be used to hire 12 new firefighters and 1 new emergency dispatcher,
purchase equipment, maintain fire engines and phase-in a “Paramedic Engine” program;
and

       WHEREAS,        a permanent EMS Levy will provide the stable funding needed to
meet the current and future City of Yakima demands for emergency medical services;
and

       WHEREAS, by approval of this resolution, the Yakima City Council authorizes
the City Manager to place on the February 3, 2009 Special Election ballot a measure
requesting voter authorization for a City of Yakima dedicated EMS levy in an amount up
to a 25 cents per thousand of assessed property value to fund emergency medical care
and emergency medical services as authorized in RCW 84.52.069; and
       WHEREAS, the Yakima City Council finds that it is in the best interest of the City
of Yakima to request voter authorization for a City dedicated EMS Levy; now, therefore

       BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YAKIMA:

Section 1.    Resolution No. R-2008-136, adopted by a majority of the City Council on
October 7, 2008, concerning a City of Yakima Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy,
is hereby amended as follows:

               Section 1.    The City Council approves an EMS levy of up to 25 cents
       per thousand dollars of assessed valuation be submitted to the electors of the
       City of Yakima, Washington, on a February 3, 2009 Special Election ballot. If
       approved, the City of Yakima shall levy each year, beginning with taxes payable
       in 2010, an additional regular property tax in an amount up to 25 cents per
       thousand dollars of assessed value, to provide funds to enhance emergency
       medical care or emergency medical services, pursuant to RCW 84.52.069.

              Section 2.       The Yakima County Auditor is hereby requested to place
       the City dedicated EMS Levy Authorization on the February 3, 2009 ballot in
       substantially the following form:

                          CITY OF YAKIMA
                    EMS LEVY AUTHORIZATION

                             The Yakima City Council passed
              Resolution No. R-2008-___ concerning a City
              Dedicated EMS Levy.         This proposition would
              authorize the City of Yakima to impose a
              permanent regular property tax levy of up to twenty-
              five cents per thousand dollars of assessed
              valuation (.25/1,000.00), beginning January 1,
              2010. The proceeds generated by the levy will be
              used to fund additional firefighters and equipment,
              maintain fire engines, implement a non-transport
              Firefighter/Paramedic program, and fund an
              additional    emergency       dispatcher,    thereby



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             enhancing emergency medical care or emergency
             medical services, pursuant to RCW 84.52.069.
             Shall the City of Yakima be authorized to impose a
             PERMANENT regular property tax levy of 25 cents
             or less per thousand dollars of assessed valuation?

                    EMS Levy           Yes

                    EMS Levy           No

              Section 3.     The City Manager of the City of Yakima is hereby directed
      to provide a copy of this resolution and any other necessary paperwork or fees to
      the Yakima County Auditor for submission to the electors of the City of Yakima in
      conjunction with a February 3, 2009 Special Election.

            Section 4.       If the levy authorized by this amended resolution is
      approved by the voters, pursuant to RCW 84.52.069(4) the following referendum
      procedure shall apply:

                      A referendum petition may be filed at any time with the City Clerk.
             Within ten days, the City Clerk shall confer with the petitioner concerning
             form and style of the petition, issue the petition an identification number,
             and secure an accurate, concise, and positive ballot title from the City
             Attorney. The petitioner shall have thirty days in which to secure the
             signatures of not less than fifteen percent of the registered voters of the
             taxing district, as of the last general election, upon petition forms which
             contain the ballot title and the full text of the measure to be referred. The
             City Clerk shall verify the sufficiency of the signatures on the petition and,
             if sufficient valid signatures are properly submitted, shall certify the
             referendum measure to the next election within the taxing district if one is
             to be held within one hundred eighty days from the date of filing the
             referendum petition, or at a special election to be called for the purpose in
             accordance with RCW 29A.04.330.

Section 2.   This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption.

      ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL this 2nd day of December, 2008.



                                               /s/David Edler
                                                          David Edler, Mayor

ATTEST:


/s/ Deborah Moore
       City Clerk




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