Prop Firefighters will hire additional firefighters to staff a second fire station
Together Prop Firefighters and Prop Emergency are known as Propositions FIRE
Prop Emergency will replace Fire Station 2 and 4, Fire Trucks, Rescue Equipment & Protective Gear
What will Propositions fire do?
Hire Additional Full-Time Firefighters
Over the last 15 years the fire district has seen a 56% percent increase in call volume. This increased demand for fire and rescue services along with the decline in the number of volunteer firefighters has placed a greater demand on our current staffing. In 2019 23% of our calls were “Overlapping” meaning we received an emergency call while firefighters were on another call. This creates an increase in response times, inadequate staffing on the overlapping calls and the need for us to call surrounding districts to assist. In order to reduce response times and provide adequate staffing the need to staff a second fire station with full-time firefighters is imminent.
Reduce Response Times
Lincoln County Fire Protection District covers 163 square miles of Lincoln County with four stations. Station 1 in Troy is staffed with a full-time crew of 4 firefighters, 24 hours a day and the remaining manpower comes from Volunteer Firefighters. Hiring additional full-time firefighters to staff fire station 2 in Moscow Mills will not only reduce response times to the Moscow Mills region, but will decrease response times throughout the fire district.
Replace Moscow Mills & Old Alexandria Fire Stations
Using state of the art mapping and resource deployment software, we have determined our current increase and future increase in call volume is in the Moscow Mills area. There are several challenges with the current Moscow Mills Fire Station that was built in 1975 when fire and rescue services were provided only by volunteers. The current fire station is unable to house the additional firefighters that would be needed to staff the fire station full-time. The fire station is too small for modern fire trucks and firefighting equipment. A new fire station 2 in Moscow Mills will be needed to meet the needs of our emergency services today and in the future.
Replace Fire Trucks & Rescue Equipment
Currently Lincoln County Firefighters are using outdated rescue equipment and operating firetrucks that break down frequently. Replacement of outdated equipment and trucks is needed to ensure the safety of the residents and firefighters.
questions and Answers
Today, we are facing new challenges with a growing population and a greater demand for emergency services. As we plan for the future, we welcome your feedback and questions. Below are answers to a few questions you may have!
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Prop Firefighters (Sales Tax) will cost $0.50 cents per $100 spent while shopping. So if you buy a new TV that cost $400 Prop Firefighters tax will cost you $2.00. A total of $2,700,000 is collected countywide. It is estimated that 70% of that comes from within our fire district which would be $1,890,000. State statute requires that we roll back (give back) our property tax by half the amount of sales tax we collect.
It is estimated we would roll back the property tax by $945,000 which would currently give back $0.16 cents per $100 assessed value from your property tax (this includes your personal property & real estate tax). It is estimated with the passage of Prop Firefighters and Prop Emergency that you will see no increase in property tax due to the sales tax rollback.
Per state statute, the district must ask voters for approval on two propositions. One being for general operating expenses (personnel costs, fuel, utilities) and the other a capital improvement bond (building construction, land purchases, fire truck and equipment expenses.) This proposal is structured separately (to meet state requirements), however both are required to implement needed improvements. We can not staff firehouses full-time without the general revenue to hire firefighters nor can we hire firefighters without the bond issue to build buildings to house them.
Shall the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 and the total property tax levy on properties in the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 shall be reduced annually by an amount which reduces property tax revenues by an amount equal to fifty percent of the previous year’s revenue collected from this sales tax? YES or NO
Shall the Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of Fourteen Million Dollars for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations, purchasing emergency medical equipment, fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment, and repaying leases and certificated of participation? YES or NO
These Propositions won't eliminate the need for volunteer firefighters. We will still need to rely heavily on our volunteer firefighters. Fire Station 4 in Old Alexandria will be designed and built so volunteer firefighters will have the option to stay overnight and staff the firetruck to reduce response times.
As we strive to maintain rapid emergency response with growing demand, we face several challenges. Additional resources are needed to ensure that we have enough firefighters on-duty around the clock. During a house fire, medical emergency or rescue incident, every second is critical to saving lives. This increased demand for fire and rescue services and the decline in the number of volunteer firefighters has placed great demand on our current staffing. In 2019 23% of our calls were "overlapping" meaning we received an emergency call while on another call. This creates an increase in response times, inadequate staffing on the overlapping calls and the need for us to call surrounding districts to assist. In order to reduce response times and provide adequate staffing the need to staff a second fire station with four full-time firefighters is imminent.
Using state of the art mapping and resource deployment software, we have determined our current increase and future increase in call volume is in the Moscow Mills area. There are several challenges with the current Moscow Mills Fire Station that was built in 1975 when the fire district was all volunteer. The current fire station is unable to house the four additional firefighters per shift that would be needed to staff the fire station full-time. The fire station is too small for modern firetrucks and firefighting equipment. A new Fire Station 2 in Moscow Mills will be needed to meet the needs of our emergency services today and in the future.
Currently Lincoln County Firefighters are using outdated rescue equipment and operating firetrucks that break down frequently. Replacement of outdated equipment and trucks is needed to ensure the safety of the residents and firefighters and be fiscally responsible.
Through a comprehensive needs assessment, Lincoln County Fire has identified several critical upgrades required to maintain emergency response services in the future. Passage of Prop Firefighters and Emergency will enable Lincoln County Fire to:
· Increase the number of firefighters on duty
· Ensure local firefighters have the vehicles, facilities and equipment to effectively fight house fires and conduct rescues
· Provide emergency tools (like Jaws of Life) to rescue trapped car accident victims, replace outdated communication equipment and other emergency response equipment
· Provide firefighters with thermal imaging cameras to locate and rescue small children who often hide during fires, and help find the elderly and individuals with disabilities who cannot escape on their own
· Replace Fire Station 2 in Moscow Mills to accommodate necessary equipment and vehicles
· Replace Fire Station 4 if needed in the future to accommodate necessary equipment and vehicles
Because of the increasing demand for emergency services additional funding will be necessary to decrease response times and prepare for the future.
Lincoln County Fire is currently funded primarily through a property tax. Lincoln County Fire does not have access to the funding resources of any city or the county within its service area. Unfortunately, current revenues are not keeping up with the current demand and increased need for services.
You can view our yearly budgets and audits here ---> www.lcfpd1.org/Financials
To help address increasing costs within our district and maximize our use of existing funds, Lincoln County Fire utilizes a “Zero Based Budgeting” process in which every function within the district is analyzed for its needs and costs. Any budget inefficiencies identified are eliminated.
The fire district continues to apply for numerous grants each year that save the district money.
The fire district has recently sold several fire trucks and pieces of equipment that were no longer in use.
We know that replacing outdated vehicles would be more cost efficient than continuing to perform costly repairs on older fire engines and equipment that have outlived their life-expectancy. It would also ensure that sufficient working equipment is available when it’s most needed instead of sitting in a repair shop.
Finally, increasing the number of firefighters to meet the growing need will also improve efficiency and safety by reducing firefighter injuries and lessening the likelihood of getting hurt.
At the end of 2019 our district had approximately 2 months of operating expenses in reserves. The fire district's accountant recommends 6 to 8 months of operating expenses due to loss of tax revenue, unforeseen truck & equipment repair or a natural disaster.
You can view our yearly budgets and audits here ---> www.lcfpd1.org/Financials
Unfortunately, we can’t rely on outside resources to keep us safe. During large incidents, Lincoln County Fire relies on the aid of partner agencies (or “mutual aid”) to respond. However, many districts around us are all volunteer and relying on surrounding districts dramatically increases response times . Lincoln County Fire must be more self-reliant in order to provide early, rapid response to emergencies.
A municipal bond is essentially a loan. It is a way for municipalities to borrow money and have that money paid back by property taxes. In this instance, it requires a vote of the people to ask for revenue stream to support those repayment amounts.
Lincoln County Fire District is asking for a general obligation bond issue repaid through a property tax levy.
Municipal bonds are tax exempt, which helps in lowering interest rates on the borrowed amount. General obligation bonds issues need 57.14% approval to be passed.
The longest term that can be asked for in a general obligation bond is 20 years, which is what would be pursued for on this issue. Bonds are sold in increments of $5,000. Interest is paid semi-annually, or two times per year, and principal is repaid one time per year.
The state of Missouri limits outstanding debt Fire District’s to 5% of the District’s total Assessed Valuation on a general obligation bond issue.
The bond would require an $0.16 levy. A home with an appraised value of $100,000 would have an assessed value of $19,000 (as assessed by the Lincoln County Assessor's Office). This would come out to equal $32.08 per year for this general obligation bond. It is estimated with the passage of Prop Firefighters and Prop Emergency that you will see no increase in property tax due to the sales tax rollback.
The Lincoln County Fire Protection District is an independent political subdivision that is completely it’s own entity. The 911 tax is used for 911 dispatching services and we do not get that money. We cover two cities and parts of unincorporated Lincoln County totaling over 163 square miles. Our annual budget is prepared in the fall of every year and is independently audited annually.
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