Voters in the Mid County Fire Protection District will decide the fate of a proposed 19-cent levy increase when they head to the polls on Tuesday. The levy would cost just over $36 a year on $100,000 of assessed valuation. If approved, the district will use the money to hire six new full time firefighters. Chief Scott Frandsen says the goal would be to get them in place even before the new money starts coming in.
The new hires will all come from a central clearing house organization known as the Tri-State Fire Recruitment Alliance. That organization conducts initial testing to qualify candidates and then compiles a hire list that 16 different departments select from. Those selected then have to clear Mid-County’s two-phase litmus test.
That levy increase requires a simple majority of “yes” votes to pass.