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  • Lake view: SBFPD asking for more money to do the same thing

  • First off, the people who man the fire trucks and lifesaving equipment here in our community and respond to calls do one heck of a job, I am not writing about their talent or dedication to duty. They do a great job for the community and are appreciated.
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  • First off, the people who man the fire trucks and lifesaving equipment here in our community and respond to calls do one heck of a job, I am not writing about their talent or dedication to duty. They do a great job for the community and are appreciated.
    Now to the request by the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District for more tax revenue!
    It would have been nice to see a breakdown of the current SBFPD budget and what is currently being spent and on what.
    There really are no facts presented that give me a warm and fuzzy feeling that more money should be provided to the SBFPD just to “Be more effective.”
    I doubt any reader of the article published knows either!
    I am at a point in my life where services provided to me by government agencies seem to always need more money to accomplish the same thing.
    Let me explain: On a scale of 10 down to 1, with 1 being the highest rating and 10 being the least acceptable rating available, here locally Osage Beach has a rating of 4, Gravois Fire Protection a 7 and the SBFPD has a respectable rating of 6 as rated by the standard rating systems in place and used by all insurance carriers.
    In addition to the ratings, I called my insurance carrier and was told the rating really would not affect my insurance rates anyway.
    If a homeowner or business carries insurance, the money paid is based on the coverage provided.
    By the way, the tax rate in Osage Beach, that has a rating of 4 for fire protection in 2012, was .5934/per 100 valuations, which is fairly close to what is being paid here to the SBFPD presently for our fire protection rating of 6.
    Since there is no discussion in the Westside Star [a weekly sister publication of the Lake Sun] about SBFPD ratings changing, or any mention of insurance ratings, and that is the value and real measurement universally applied to all fire departments nation wide, I would suggest to the readers that we are being asked to pay more money to the SBFPD to get the same thing but with more taxes being collected because the SBFPD can be more effective with more money.
    But considering all, when it is all said and done the SBFPD rating will still be 6.
    With the SBFPD budget currently running over a $1.2 million a year, I would suggest looking at becoming more effective with the current funding and get the tax rate back to .50/ per hundred evaluation after 2016.
    If there are additional expenditures that need to be made then, provide the community with the SBFPD budget line items now as to how the current $1.2 million is being utilized.
    Page 2 of 2 - That way, the community of taxpayers can evaluate how money is being spent and then make an intelligent decision based on facts.
    Right now, if there was a vote today, with the current facts, and my concern about past decisions of how money has been spent on new buildings, my vote is NO to raising our taxes to .64/ per 100 evaluations to get the same thing.

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