Boone County Fire Protection District Wants $14M Bond Approval

3 years 8 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 08 2014 Apr 8, 2014 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:39:00 AM CDT April 08, 2014 in News
By: Alexandra Engel, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District has a $14 million bond issue on the ballot Tuesday. The money is for renovating and improving their current facilities along with purchasing new equipment.

Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said they've been talking about the bond for years but due to the recession the board held off on asking residents to pay a higher tax. Right now Boone County has fire trucks from 1983, 1991, and 2000. The life span on the vehicles is 20 years, but the county continues to use trucks from 1983. Boone County purchased a truck in 1983 for $91,000. In 1991, the department bought a vehicle for $168,000. Now, the same truck with updated safety gear and mechanics will cost the county roughly $520,000.

"We've been waiting a long time to ask people for this money. At this point, repairing the trucks is costing the county a lot of money. The fact is, the trucks are too old. Even the newest ones will be past safety regulations in a few years. But we need to replace the 1983 models and some of the 1998," explained Blomenkamp.

The fire district has 250 volunteers and 25 career support staff. Money from the bond is not allowed to go toward employees or benefits. The fire district would spread the $14 million its 14 fire stations and equipment.

"I'm hoping the people understand the need. Last time we had a bond like this was in '98 for $7 million which we paid off two years early," said Blomenkamp.

Bond issues only provide funds for new construction, renovation of existing facilities, technology, the purchase of apparatus and equipment. The money is essentially borrowed and taxpayers pay it back with an increase in property taxes. Only residents in the Boone County Fire Protection District would experience the property tax increase. Residents within Columbia city limits would not pay.

According to Blomenkamp, the tax increase will be 25 cents. For example, a resident who owns a home worth $200,000 would pay $95 per year for the first ten years. Residents will pay the bond back for a total of 20 years. After the first ten years, the price would drop to $19 per year for the remaining ten years.

Blomenkamp said his main focus is to educate residents in the district's area about how much the stations save being run by volunteers and how beneficial the new equipment and apparatus would be to emergency services.

 

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