FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Community Fire District will be asking voters to approve a renewal of a 1-mill levy for five years. According to FCFD Chief Scott Mast, this levy has been in place for as many years as he can remember.
“It’s been around for a long time,” Mast said. “It accounts for half of our operating budget for the year.”
Mast emphasized the money from this levy is staying the same but paying for more.
“We have two engines, one tanker, one rescue, two grass trucks and a boat,” he said. “Along with the boat, we do have a dive team. We have also increased the amount and level of service we are providing. In the last five years, we have increased the levels of our certifications from 80 percent (of the volunteers) at a 36-hour training level to 80 percent at the 240-hour training level. We have worked hard on educating and training our guys and we’ve done it without asking for an increase.”
For the owner of a $100,000 home, this levy will cost $35 a year.