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Election 2014

Temporary Levy Extension Information Election 1

On August 11, 2014 the Middleton Rural Fire District Board of Commissioners adopted resolution 14-1 to hold a special election on November 4, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm for the purpose of enabling the qualified and registered voters of the District to vote  on a Temporary  Maintenance and Operation Levy Override of $670,599. The district is not seeking any new tax increase; taxes will remain as they are now, as this is just a continuation of the current temporary levy override already approved by the voters. 

Board of Commissioners and Fire Chief Trosky invite you to attend our Board Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:00pm at Fire Station #1.  We would like to take some time during the meeting to inform, educate and clear up any confusion voters may have.  Members of the public may address the commissioners and Fire Chief regarding the election. We ask that you keep your comments to no more than 3 minutes so you may answer as many questions as possible.

If you have questions in regards to the Temporary Levy Election please feel free to contact your fire district commissioner or Fire Chief Trosky.  A commissioner district map can be found on our website www.middletonfire.org

Thank you for your continued support of the Middleton Rural Fire District.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Levy Election and Department

Q:  Didn’t the Fire District just hold an Election on August of 2012?  Why is it necessary to hold another election?

A: The levy override that was passed in 2012 was a two year temporary levy which was a continuation of the levy approved by the voters of the District in 2010 for the amount of $998,899. The Board of Commissioners feel it is necessary to hold this election to replace the temporary levy once it expires in order to continue the level of service it is currently providing with no reduction or interruption.

Q:  I noticed on the ballot that the term “increase” is used. Can you explain why the term is used in the ballot?

A: The term “increase” is used due to the Levy Override being above the base budget.  This override will replace the current override that is place without increasing taxes.

Q: Has the economy had an effect on how the Fire District operates, and why?

A: The economic recession of 2008 has had a significant impact on everyone. The Middleton Fire district experienced an overall reduction net taxable value of 43% which resulted in the reduction of the budget requested to the Counties due to the State mandated levy cap. This resulted in the Board of Commissioners making significant cuts to services provided and staffing levels on a daily basis.

Even though the most recent property assessments have returned most of the net taxable value to the Fire District, The Board of Commissioners have elected to maintain a conservative stance and continue the temporary levy at its current amount.

Q:  How many Firefighters are on duty at any given time?

A:  MRFD is classified as a Combination Department.  A Combination Department consists of Full-time and Reserve Firefighters.  MRFD currently provided Emergency Services 24/7, with 9 Full-time Firefighters and 40 Reserve Firefighters.

7:00 am – 7:00 pm 3 Career Firefighters & up to 3 Reserve Firefighters or EMT’s

7:00 pm – 7:00 am 3 Career Firefighters & up to 3 Reserve Firefighters or EMT’s

Q: When I call 911 for an ambulance why does the Fire Department arrive first?

A:  Fire department personnel are trained and licensed by the State of Idaho as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).  EMT’s are able to provide basic life support and stabilization of the sick and injured while awaiting advanced life support units to arrive.

Q:  I would like to hear more about how the Fire District operates.  How can I obtain that information.  

A:  The Middleton Rural Fire District is a transparent organization and we like to hear the input from our citizens. Citizens are encouraged to attend the Fire District Board Meetings. During the meeting our Board of Commissioners meet to discuss the business of the District and answer questions from the public.  Fire District Board Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month. Meeting are held at Middleton Fire Station 1 and start at 7:00 PM.

 


 

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