We have an important election coming up on Aug. 7.
Your fire department will be on the ballot to become tax based. Don't be alarmed or afraid of this. Some people do not understand how it works and will vote against it because they are afraid they will be paying hundreds of dollars.
Please let me try to explain how you can figure out about the amount you will be paying. Take your real estate receipt from last year and look at your assessed valuation. You will be paying 30 cents on each $100 of that amount. As an example, say the market value of your home is $100,000. The assessed value is 19 percent of that, which is $19,000. Then you divide 19,000 by 100, which gives you 190. Multiply 190 by .30 equals $57. Do the same with your personal property. Add the two together. This would be the approximate amount of your dues. Farm land is assessed at 12 percent of market value. Let's use the same $100,000: 12 percent will be $12,000, divide 12,000 by 100; multiply 120 by .30 and it equals $36.
This will not raise your taxes. You will be paying your dues along with your taxes, which should make it easier on you. You won't have to make a separate payment and later try to remember if you paid your dues. And it will be fair to every one. Every one that pays taxes will pay, not just the few that pay now.
If this does not pass, the department will have to raise dues. Right now dues are $50 for a new member, $45 for renewal and $500 for a non-member. If we raise dues, we will probably lose part of the members that we now have, which would mean we would have to raise dues again.
In short, if this does not pass, YOU?will eventually lose YOUR fire department.
I hope this clears up a lot of confusion. If not, we are having a meeting at the Seligman City Hall on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Please come and get your questions answered.