The Mid County Fire Protection District is asking the public for a tax levy increase on the upcoming ballot issue this Tuesday. According to Fire Chief Scott Frandsen, this is the first increase the district would have since they formed in 1986
Frandsen says in the past they’ve asked for an increase with a 10 year improvement plan that have been denied, this time around it’s simply about maintaining the current system
Frandsen says they cover a large portion of the county compared to other districts in the area
Frandsen says the district has been operating with the same tax levy of 26 cents since 1986 and as of right now they are running off reserve money to simply maintain what they provide
Frandsen says they have asked for an increase in the past that the voters turned down but those ballot issues had a 10 year improvement plan included whereas this time it’s simply just maintaining the current level of service. Frandsen says if they are turned down this time, there many have to be some fire services cut or stations closed in order to continue to operate the district which receives one of the lowest tax levy amounts in the entire lake area.