The District believes this is a levy proposal based on need and has developed this plan based on historic growth in assessed valuation, budget, and call load over the last 17 years.
Osage Beach Fire Protection District issued this press release January 17, 2018. LakeNews will follow up with more details going forward:
After more than a year of research and discussion the Board of Directors for the Osage Beach Fire Protection District will be seeking voter approval in the April 3 election to increase the operating levy by a total of 15 cents. The District approached the voters in 2015 with this increase and the issue failed by a narrow margin at that time. The District's current total levy is 59.34 cents and has changed very little since 2001 when the levy was set at 59.00 cents. The District believes this is a levy proposal based on need and has developed this plan based on historic growth in assessed valuation, budget, and call load over the last 17 years.
Year General Bond Total
2001 .5126 .0774 .5900
2018 .5934 .0000 .5934
The District plans for the additional funds to be utilized for training and personnel. In 2017, the district received a gift from the Duenke family in the donation of property adjacent to Station 2 off State Route KK. This property will be utilized for the construction of a burn tower for the purpose of training firefighters in live burn scenarios. NFPA requires this type of training yearly yet the district currently has no facility in place to meet this and other training requirements. Firefighters must be prepared to respond to a wide variety of emergency situations and hands on practical training is a critical component to help insure a safe and successful mitigation of these calls.
In 2001 the District responded to 825 calls for service as compare to 2,126 in 2017. Each year as our response to emergency calls increase more and more stress is placed on our current staffing models. In 2017 the district saw close to 300 times in which we were running two or more consecutive calls for service. With only two manned engines on duty each day we are seeing more and more incidents where we have to rely on outside assistance to respond to these calls. Projections do not show this trend changing and this increasing call load will require more staffing to answer our community’s needs.
What does 15 cents mean to your tax bill? Based on $100,000 of assessed valuation you will see an increase as shown below (Assessed Value can be obtained from your County, generally lower than real property value):
Agriculture – $18.00 per year
Residential – $28.50 per year
Commercial – $48.00 per year
The district needs your support to help insure we meet the demands of our growing community, not only today but into the future. District staff will be hosting public meetings at different times and locations to discuss this levy increase over the next few months. Should you have any questions or wish our staff to meet and discuss this with you or your group do not hesitate to contact our District office at 573-348-1221.