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Bond for Fire Truck and Station Renovation

November 2019 Ballot

MESSAGE FROM FIRE CHIEF LONNIE CLICK:

(11/8/2019) I'd like to express a heartfelt thank you to Benton County Fire District #1's community for its support. We had a bond for Fire Truck and Station Renovation on the November 5 ballot, and at present it's passing with 62.3%.   

The bond will fund significant renovations to accommodate staff at Station 150 (Badger Canyon), and replace a fire ladder truck at Station 120 (Finley). Replacing the ladder truck will help maintain our current insurance rating for fire district apparatus. Renovations to accommodate 24 hour staffing will improve response times district-wide, and lower the fire district’s insurance rating, which means lower premiums for home and business owners.

The emergency response we provide is funded by taxpayers, and we'll keep our community members informed as we make progress on these capital projects. We will continue to be accountable and transparent to our taxpayers.
 
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Benton #1 funds daily operations through a fire levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which voters renew every six years. Capital projects – such as stations and apparatus replacement – are funded through voter-approved bonds.

On the November 2019 ballot, voters approveda capital improvement bond that would last for 20 years and be an estimated 10-cents per $1,000 of assessed property value (AV). This is one cent less than the two bonds that were recently paid off.

Funding from the bond will provide significant renovations to accommodate staff at Station 150 (Badger Canyon), and replace a fire ladder truck at Station 120 (Finley). Replacing the ladder truck will help maintain our current insurance rating for fire district apparatus. Renovations to accommodate 24 hour staffing will improve response times district-wide, and lower the fire district’s insurance rating. This means lower premiums for home and business owners. The estimated cost to a homeowner would be $2.92 per month ($35 a year) for property valued at $350,000. 

IN THE NEWS

Tri-City Herald - October 6, 2019  - Letter: Fire District 1 Needs Your Vote
Tri-City Herald - September 29, 2019 - 4,000 people in Benton County lacking fire protection, rating firm says. This could be a fix 

FOX 41 - September 6, 2019 Bond for fire truck and station renovation on November ballot
610 KONA - September 6, 2019 Benton County Fire District #1 to ask voters to approve bond in November
KNDU TV - September 6, 2019  Bond for fire truck and station renovation on November ballot

MORE INFORMATION 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOND ON THE BALLOT?

Newsletter - Fall 2019

Fire Chief Lonnie Click is available to answer any questions at (509) 737-0911 or