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  • Second time’s the charm for reincarnated MCFPD levy

  • Mid County Fire Protection District officials can breathe a sigh of relief after the 12 cent levy increase passed on Tuesday night.
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  • Mid County Fire Protection District officials can breathe a sigh of relief after the 12 cent levy increase passed on Tuesday night. 
    The levy issue was up for a vote after it failed in November. When the board decided to make some harsh budget cuts including shutting down three stations, many residents openly spoke out against the cuts.
    After the public backlash, the board decided to put the ballot issue back in the voter's hands.
    With 860 yes votes and 799 no votes, the levy passed.  
    "It is still going to be a tight budget because all this does is preserve what we have," Chairman Charles McElyea said. "We will continue to maintain the service have been providing. The community recognizes our needs and what it takes to continue." 
    Chief Scott Fransden expressed that he was thankful that the levy passed. 
    The fire district also had seats on the board up for grabs.
    Three candidates — Charles McElyea, John Page and Jeremy Rugen — ran for two seats.
    McElyea received the most votes with 861 with Rugen coming in right behind him with 829 votes.  
     
    Numbers to know... 
    •Current working budget: Approximately $854,976
    •HR (salaries, workmans comp, insurance, etc)- $618,412
    •What is left- $256,650
    10 full time employees (6 of those firefighters)
    15 interns
    28 volunteers 
    6 stations 
    fleet of 30
    respond to 1,200 to 1,300 calls per year
    current levy- 26 cents
    proposal- 38 cents
    12 cent increase in the general fund 
     
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