Explanation Why St Clair Fire Asking Voters to Approve Tax Levy April 4 Election
3/29/2017 12:13:28 PM
By Kyle Quick
Listen to Dan Cooley’s interview with Diane Jones from Wednesday morning.
ST. CLAIR, MO. - The St. Clair Fire Protection District (SCFPD) has received numerous questions about Proposition Fire, which voters will be asked to approve on Tuesday’s election.
SCFPD’s Public Information Officer Dan Cooley said the most common question asked is ““why are you running this again? Didn’t it pass in November?”
Cooley stressed the bond issue in November required more than a simple majority instead a 4/7 majority or 57.14% yes votes. They received 56.72% and were only 60 votes from the bond issue being approved.
Instead of a bond issue they are running a simple Tax Levy of $0.09 per $100 of assessed valuation. This Proposition has a Sunset of 15 years.
This means that in 15 years the tax would expire unless the taxpayers allow us to continue with the tax.
With this new proposal, it only requires a simple majority to pass, 50% plus one vote or simple majority.
Reason for Tax Levy:
The Fire District is in dire need of replacing Firefighter Protective Clothing and other safety equipment to allow the Employees, both career firefighters and volunteer’s firefighters, to do their job safely and efficiently.
A set of Structural firefighting gear cost approximately $3800 for everything a firefighter needs to provide the protection they need to perform their respected jobs. Some of our firefighters are wearing fire gear that is around 15 years old. The Nation Standard is set at 10 years for replacement of fire gear.
The fire District needs fire hose as well. These items are pretty expensive. These are just a few of the important safety items we are in need of replacing. For any additional questions and comments please contact Fire Chief Craig Sullivan at 636-629-2727.
You can also visit their Facebook Page @stclairfire83