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  • Fire district asking for tax increase

  • The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will ask voters to increase its operating levy this August.
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  • The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will ask voters to increase its operating levy this August.
    At its Feb. 19 meeting, the district board of directors voted to place a tax initiative on the Aug. 6 ballot seeking a seven cent increase in its operating levy.
    According to a press release from Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly, the issue will call for the increase along with a "levy swap" of debt service that is due to retire in 2016.
    “We have been very fortunate to have a community that has supported our capitol project needs," Reilly said. “We are well positioned in terms of facilities and apparatus. This increase will allow us to concentrate on our day to day operations in order to provide a level of service that we feel is needed in our community”.
    If the measure passes, the owner of a home with a market value of $200,000 would see a tax increase of $26.60 per year.
    The board plans on scheduling a series of informational meetings throughout the district in the run-up to the election to provide citizens with information. Citizens with questions are also encouraged to contact Chief Reilly at District Headquarters at 573-374-4411.
    "We want everyone to fully understand what our needs are and how they will benefit from this investment," Reilly said.
    Check back with www.LakeNewsOnline.com for more details on this issue as they become available.
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