Raleigh County Fire Levy

Posted by Richard Garten

The members of the Raleigh County Firefighter's Association have created this page to inform you about the Fire Levy that will be up for vote in May 2012.
On May 8, 2012 we are asking for your vote to help the paid and volunteer firefighters of Raleigh County achieve our goal in passing the Fire Levy. Not only will all 14 fire departments and the emergency operations center benefit from the levy, ALL Raleigh County residents will benefit from it also.

The annual Fire Levy fee will be added into your real estate tax and will eliminate any fire fee's that you send in to your area volunteer departments. The estimated cost will be on average $52.00 per year. By obtaining this funds, we will collect $4 million dollars. The first $2 million will be divided up equally between the 14 fire departments and 911 center. From the first $2 million each department will receive $133,000.00

The second half of the funds will be distributed based on tax value of each department's coverage area. All funds will be handled by a Fire Coordinator that will be hired by the County Commission. All bills will be sent to the Fire Coordinator to be paid instead of giving the funds directly to each department.

The expenditures allowed from these funds include: fire station construction, buildings and grounds, maintenance of buildings and grounds, utilities, telephones, television/internet service, insurance of all types, vehicle and maintenance expenses of all types, office equipment (copiers, computer systems, fax machines and supplies), accounting expenses, training expenses (dues, mileage, meals and lodging), and the construction and maintenance of training areas, purchase of firefighting equipment (gear, SCBA units purchase and maintenance) repair of communication equipment to help the department's strive for NFPA standards. 

Expenditures which CANNOT be made from these funds include: salaries, emergency warning lights or sirens for the use by individual firefighters, dress or parade uniforms, badges, or patches for individuals and kitchen appliances.

Being able to maintain the stations, fire trucks, gear, etc., will lower each station's ISO rating. Once the ISO rating lowers, so will your homeowner's insurance. Many department's are struggling to keep their doors open due to outrageous utilities, worker's compensation rates, and insurance rates. Most department's are using equipment that no longer meets the national standards and is no longer considered safe. 

If the Fire Levy does not pass, many department's will be forced to shut their doors. This will result in Homeowner's Insurance Premiums skyrocketing. If an emergency arises after a department is shut down, a neighboring department will have to respond doubling their response time. 

We need as much support as possible to keep our men and women safe as they risk their lives to protect you, your family, and your personal belongings. Please help support your Raleigh County Firefighters by voting YES in May 2012 for the Fire Levy.

Any questions or concerns can be posted on the Raleigh County Fire Levy 2012's Facebook wall or submitted in an email to RaleighCoFireAssoc@gmail.com

Favorite Answered Question's

What is a Fire Levy?
A fire levy is a tax that is paid yearly that will benefit all the fire departments in Raleigh County as well as the residents. This amount will be added into your real estate taxes.

How much will it cost me?
The estimated cost will be on average $52.00 per year. By obtaining this amount, we will be able to afford to buy gear and equipment that meets the national requirements that is set up by the National Fire Protection Agency (N.F.P.A.).

What all can this money be used for?
The expenditures allowed from these funds include: fire station construction, buildings and grounds, maintenance of buildings and grounds, utilities, telephones, television/internet service, insurance of all types, vehicle and maintenance expenses of all types, office equipment, accounting expenses, training expenses, and the construction and maintenance of training areas, purchase of firefighting equipment, repair of communication equipment.

What can the money NOT be used for?
Expenditures which CANNOT be made from these funds include: salaries, emergency warning lights or sirens for the use of individual firefighters, dress or parade uniforms, badges, or patches for individuals, kitchen appliances, meals, or anything deemed for personal use.

Why do we need the levy?
Due to the constantly rising cost of workers compensation, insurance, utilities, and fuel. Most departments do not have enough money in their yearly budget to afford proper equipment for their firefighters. Without the levy, many of the fire departments will be forced to close their doors. If this happens, it will take twice as long for the next closest fire department to respond to an emergency and it will make Homeowner's Insurance Premiums skyrocket.

Who will benefit from the levy?
All residents of Raleigh County and the fourteen fire departments will benefit from the levy.

When will we be able to vote?
May 8th, 2012

How will the Fire Levy benefit me?
Being able to maintain the stations, fire trucks, gear, etc., will lower each station's ISO rating. Once the ISO rating lowers, so will your homeowner's insurance premiums..

Where can I direct further questions regarding the fire levy?
Further questions regarding the fire levy can be sent via the "Contact" page above.