Next Tuesday, Shell Knob voters will decide a 10-cent tax levy increase for the Central Crossing Fire Protection District (CCFPD). If approved, the increase in revenue will be used to purchase equipment and fund training.
"We have an extensive list of equipment, facility and overall improvements we would like to implement, but without an increase in revenue, CCFPD will be forced to discontinue pursuing the major improvements to the department," said Sandra Wilson, CCFPD director.
According to Wilson, the cost to train firefighters and first responders averages around $4,000 each. The district is also using a large portion of its budget to maintain and repair older emergency vehicles and equipment, said Wilson.
"Safety of the volunteers is of the utmost importance to the district," said Wilson. "Old safety gear and vehicles can pose a safety hazard to our volunteers. Our desire is to provide the best and most modern equipment to protect our most precious assets."
The CCFPD Board plans to provide $10,000 per year for medical first responder equipment and training. The board also allocates $30,000 per year for the lease purchase payment on the CCFPD headquarters building.
If the 10-cent tax levy increase is approved, CCFPD will receive approximately $82,000 in additional revenue each year.
The CCFPD Board voted to place the issue on the June 7 ballot at its January meeting.
Residents and organizations interested in learning more about the proposed tax increase should call Rusty Rickard, CCFPD chief, at 417-858-3560.