Proposition Fire is a zero tax rate change bond issue on the Tuesday, June 2 ballot. If approved by voters it will maintain emergency services in the Cottleville Fire Protection District without changing our tax rate.
Our Fire District is facing immediate needs:
- In the past decade, our community has grown and emergency call volume has increased by 60%. The population in the City of Cottleville alone has grown by more than 75%.
- Our fire trucks have been in service for more than 15 years. They are the oldest in the area and older than recommended by national fire protection standards.
- Maintenance costs have more than tripled since 2008, and will continue to rise.
- Rescue equipment like the jaws of life and firefighting gear are due for replacement, or nearing their replacement date.
Proposition Fire would keep our community safe by funding a long range plan to address the District’s facilities and equipment needs with zero change to the tax rate.
- Up to date fire trucks and equipment will help keep our community and first responders safe, while saving the District money on maintenance.
- Technology updates at the District’s four fire stations will improve communication, while regular building maintenance and updates will protect the investment the community has made in our facilities.
- Additional training opportunities and equipment will ensure our firefighters are prepared to respond to the changing needs of our growing community.
The last bond issue was in 2002, nearly 20 years ago. Conservative spending allowed these funds to provide equipment and facility updates since then. Prop. Fire would allow the District to re-issue these bonds, with no change to the tax rate. Funding from the proposal is expected to last at least fifteen years.