How did this happen?
This crisis in your emergency services did not just happen accidentally over night.
Rather, it was manufactured!
Four years ago your county commissioners cut revenue to purposefully place Marion County Fire Rescue into deficit spending. Commissioner Kathy Bryant said, "We have thoughtfully done this and checked all the numbers. In no way shape or form is this going to affect the level of service that the citizens of Marion County receive from their fire department.” See the story from 2011 here.
Today, MCFR is around 60 firefighters, paramedics, and EMT's light. Since the move, around 45% of the department has left for other employment taking with them over a combined millenia of experience costing the taxpayers over $40 million. This does not include ballooning overtime budget or replacement costs.
Worse yet, MCFR is so deep in deficit spending that if nothing changes the level of service will be reduced
turning this crisis into a catastrophe. Click here to learn more.
What will fix this?
To turn this around Marion County Fire Rescue needs more revenue.
Currently the average tax paying household pays $19.25 a month for Fire and EMS services.
MCFR is funded through four ways: An annual flat rate assessment of $165; a property tax for fire services at 77 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value; a property tax for EMS estimated at 16 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value; and finally ambulance user fees. Click here to learn more about the service.
Recent Polling Data
A survey was conducted by a third party, Triton Polling and Research, asking the citizens of Marion County how they felt about the state of the fire and emergency medical services...
The numbers are in, and unlike politicians, they don't lie.
54.8% would pay $10 more monthly to fix these issues. 58% would pay $7.50 and 73% would pay $5.
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