Fire Department continuation on the ballot this Saturday
The 5-mill, 10-year property tax was first approved in 2002, and was dedicated to major capital expenses, primarily trucks and a new station, and generates about $100,000 a year.
Over the 10-year period since it went into effect, it has collected approximately $1,028,000 to date, according to Fire Chief Chuck Montero.
Expenditures out of the fund to date are:
Fire Department site study (6 possible sites were studied) $29,132
Computer System for Fire Department $11,509
2007 Fire Truck * $283,703
*(Total cost of the truck was approximately $370,000, $90,000 came from different sources.)
To date the current fund balance is $703,583.
Chief Montero says that the current estimated cost of a new fire station is approximately $1.6-$2 million.
Montero said without the tax, the department would not able to replace outdated equipment, such as fire trucks, or build a needed replacement for the old city station built in 1960.
The tax expired Jan. 1, so the April 21 vote is a continuation rather than a renewal. If the tax is supported than the fire department will be able to collect taxes uninterrupted.