Residents in the Mid County Fire Protection District will have yet another chance to vote on a levy increase in the upcoming April election.
Residents in the Mid County Fire Protection District will have yet another chance to vote on a levy increase in the upcoming April election. A levy increase failed during the November 2013 election, in which just more than ten percent of registered voters in the district voted.
Following a standing-room only crowd during the district's Jan. 9 board meeting, the board scheduled a special meeting regarding the district's proposed budget cuts. During the specially called Saturday meeting held Jan. 18, board members spoke to about six to eight residents in attendance in what was described as round-table discussion.
After the discussion, the board voted unanimously to place a 12-cent levy increase request on the April ballot and to suspend any station closures or asset sales until May 1.
"The amount requested for the April ballot is the exact same amount that was requested in the November election. The amount being requested will only be used to maintain the current level of service and will allow the district to keep all existing fire stations open," MCFPD Chief Scott Frandsen said. "Several residents present at the special board meeting have indicated that they would be willing to serve on a citizens committee to promote this ballot measure. If there are any other residents of the district that would like to serve on this committee, they are encouraged to call the district office at (573) 346-2049."
The levy increase will not fund any equipment or personnel additions. Because two spots on the MCFPD Board of Directors are up for election in April, placing the levy increase on the April ballot should result in little to no extra expenses.
The resident-led committee is planning on helping the district spread the word on why the levy increase is so crucial. The district plans on holding public hearings but has not made any official plans yet. The committee is set to meet this week to make a game plan for the next two months leading up to the election.
The official ballot language will read, "Shall the board of direct of Mid County FPD be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than 12 cents on the 100 dollars accessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?"
Voters will head to the polls on April 8.