It has been 31 years since the Fenton Fire Protection District has approached our community for a tax increase. During that time, we have added highly trained paramedics, firefighters and lifesaving equipment. We are also the only internationally accredited fire department in the State of Missouri with an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 1.
As taxes are the primary source of revenue for the Fenton Fire Protection District, budget shortfalls have resulted from tax abatements, tax increment financing (TIF), and a decrease in assessed property values. Day-to-day costs from medical supplies, fire equipment and fuel have all increased. In 2009, the Chrysler Plant in Fenton permanently shut its doors which also led to the closure of several supporting businesses. Even with 31 years of fiscal responsibility, our 2017 budget is projected to be a one million dollar ($1,000,000) deficit.
On April 4, 2017 the Fenton Fire Protection District will place a proposal on the ballot.
Proposition E is a general tax increase of $0.39 per hundred dollars assessed valuation to fund the current operations of all four engine houses, emergency equipment, and trained personnel. This will secure sufficient funding for the Fenton Fire Protection District to continue providing the highest trained EMS and fire services available.
With this proposal, a home with an appraised value of $150,000 (assessed value $28,500) will see an average cost increase of $9.26 per month.
We look forward to continuing our long standing tradition of excellence in EMS, fire protection and community service.
An informative newsletter is available for download as a PDF to provide our residents with a greater understanding of Proposition E.