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  • Info meetings set to discuss SBFPD levy issue

  • In an effort to provide the citizens of the Fire District with the information regarding the upcoming levy increase vote, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings with Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
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  • In an effort to provide the citizens of the Fire District with the information regarding the upcoming levy increase vote, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings with Fire Chief Dennis Reilly. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.
    The meetings will take place Monday, July 29 at Fire District Headquarters, 30 Port Mill Spring Road, Tuesday, July 30 at Fire Station 2 State Highway TT, Wednesday, July 31 at Fire Station 3 Shawnee Bend #3, and Thursday, August 1 at Fire Station 5 Sellers Road.
    All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
    For more information regarding the town hall meetings or the levy increase proposal, contact Reilly at (573) 374-4411.
    The levy issue is the only item on the Aug. 6, 2013 election ballot in Camden County.
    The district is currently collecting $0.57 per $100 of assessed valuation (AV).
    Of that 57 cent levy, seven cents is for debt service on bonds issued in 1996 that are set to be paid off in 2016.
    The proposal would allow the district to maintain that seven cents permanently to fund an apparatus replacement program. The goal in seeking to keep the seven cent debt service for operations is to reduce the district's dependence on bond issues to fund all apparatus purchases, according to Reilly.
    It is also requesting an additional seven cents of operating levy to enhance staffing, equipment and general maintenance of operations.
    So, if approved, the overall levy would increase to $0.64 per $100 of AV - an estimated $223,000 in new revenue per year based on the current AV. An additional $223,000 per year would be retained from capturing the outgoing debt service funds.

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