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First Fire Protection District seeks Tax Referendum in March of 2020
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By Fire Chief Jon Cokefair
October 18, 2019

With the calls for service on the rise, the members of the First Fire Protection District struggle to reach our goal of making contact with 90% of the callers within 6 minutes. In 2019 we are tracking 3600 calls for service, that is up 12% in 2 years.
With 8.5 million dollars in building assets deteriorating, the department cannot keep up on the repairs needed on your aging firehouses.
Since 2016 we have collected good data where we are able to track the payer mix of the people who use our ambulance service. We have good data on the types of calls and where they occur in the district.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a shortfall of funds to best take care of your 8.5 million dollars in building assets. We find ourselves short of being able to continue building on our non-traditional model of Contract and Part-time employee model. A model that keeps the First Fire Protection District OUT of the pension crisis.
The Board of Trustees of the First Fire Protection District of Antioch have had lengthy discussions on the need to get in front of the growth and to care for our aging infrastructure. The only solution is to ask for this tax increase. (Info in the Powerpoint)
We must ask 2 questions, one for the EMS limiting rate and one for our Corporate limiting rate. If our residents understand are needs and approve both questions, the residents will realize an increase of approximately $82.00 per $100,000 market value on their homes. This will generate approximately 1.5 million dollars per year allowing us to add the needed staff to meet service levels and begin to repair assets.

After the holidays we will be hosting several town hall meetings that will allow the resident the opportunity to ask clarifying questions to help them better understand our position and needs.

Please feel free to contact Chief Cokefair if you wish to host a meeting or would like to meet to help better understand our mission. jcokefair@antiochfire.org

Attachments:
Attachment Budget to Publish 2019-2020.pdf  (118k)
Attachment Referendum Spring 2020.pptx  (77k)
 

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2019 Incidents
FIRE EMS
JAN 73 190
FEB 80 181
MAR 50 218
APR 84 191
MAY 80 197
JUNE 90 207
JULY 101 247
AUG 120 202
SEPT 76 225
OCT 82 199
NOV
DEC
Total 836 2057

2018 Incidents
FIRE EMS
JAN 98 184
FEB 58 175
MAR 70 164
APR 67 199
MAY 89 197
JUNE 99 216
JULY 90 240
AUG 91 209
SEPT 88 214
OCT 81 191
NOV 83 207
DEC 69 184
Total 983 2380

2017 Incidents
FIRE EMS
JAN 82 189
FEB 58 151
MAR 76 179
APR 60 174
MAY 90 174
JUN 102 185
JULY 88 219
AUG 70 185
SEPT 66 191
OCT 67 181
NOV 71 180
DEC 91 209
Total 921 2217

2016 Incidents
Fire EMS
JAN 69 147
FEB 45 180
MAR 52 186
APR 56 145
MAY 49 173
JUN 54 191
JUL 71 208
AUG 54 202
SEP 66 193
OCT 46 193
NOV 43 172
DEC 93 154
Total 698 2144

2015 Incidents
Fire EMS
Jan 74 149
Feb 54 139
Mar 52 153
Apr 64 160
May 53 156
Jun 80 161
Jul 73 191
Aug 66 175
Sep 58 187
Oct 62 152
Nov 55 141
Dec 67 190
Total 758 1954
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