Funding

Graham Fire & Rescue receives funding from five primary sources. We don’t receive any funding from Pierce County or Washington State. Our five sources of funding include:

  • Fire suppression tax: $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation

    • The revenue obtained by the fire suppression tax is restricted to 1% annual growth with the exception of voter approved “lid lifts.”
    • In November of 2017 citizens approved Proposition 1, which is a 6-year levy lid lift.

 

  • Emergency medical services (EMS) tax at .50 ₵ per $1,000 of assessed valuation

    • The revenue obtained by the EMS tax is restricted to 1% annual growth with the exception of voter approved lid lifts.
    • In November of 2016 citizens approved a permanent EMS levy

 

  • Maintenance and Operations Levy (M&O) of up to $2.75 million per year.

    • In November of 2014 voters approved this four year M&O which equaled .60  ₵ per $1,000 of assessed valuation

 

  • 2008 Bond due to expire in 2020 at .18 ₵ per $1,000 of assessed valuation

 

  • Patient transports/other

    • Citizens residing in Graham Fire & Rescue are not billed directly for transport services above what insurance coverage provides, which translates to no out-of-pocket expense for our citizens.