Asking voters to renew the operating levy is being considered for November

The Board of Directors for Marion County Fire District #1 will meet on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss options to address the thirty percent revenue reduction they face for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

On the ballot last month, the fire district asked voters for a 28-cent increase in its operating levy – which was not passed – to hire more emergency personnel and replace aging apparatus. The failure to increase the levy also means that the entire local option levy – the existing 71 cents and the proposed 28 cent increase – failed. This levy accounts for $2.4 million, or almost 30 percent of the fire district’s total operating revenue to provide emergency services.

“The results were not as we’d hoped in May, and we recognize this is a difficult time for many in our community,” stated Fire Chief Kyle McMann. “Now we have to make tough decisions about how to provide the best level of service with 30% less revenue. We also need to be transparent in letting the communities we serve know how service levels will be reduced.”

The Board of Directors will discuss phased-in service reductions and budget cuts to begin on July 1, 2020. The Board is also considering asking voters to renew the local option levy on the General Election ballot in November.

Public participation is welcome at this meeting.  It will be held remotely on Zoom and pre-registration is required. To register, please visit the following web page (https://bit.ly/37nTIm2), or visit our website (www.mcfd1.com) for a link from the Board Agenda. After signing up to attend, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registered participants who indicate that they have comments or questions will be called on by the Board Chair during the Public Comment periods.  For those with questions or comments who are unable to participate in the meeting, please email your input by 3:00 pm on June, 18, 2020 to info@mcfd1.com.