|First Fire Protection District Seeks Tax Referendum March 17,2020|
|By Fire Chief Jon Cokefair|
|January 2, 2020|
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 responded to 3450 calls for service, that is up 10% in 2 years.
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.
We are hosting 3 town hall meetings at our Station 1, 835 Holbek Dr. that will allow the resident the opportunity to ask clarifying questions to help them better understand our position and needs. January 22, February 5 and 19th at 630 pm. If these dates are not convenient, we will also be hosting informal discussions at the same location on Saturday mornings between 8 and 10 am beginning January 11. Staff will be on hand to share a cup of coffee while we discuss the needs of the Fire District.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 847-395-5511
This is not for Traditional Pensioned Firefighters. Our staffing model will remain the same Part-time and Contract.
What if it doesn't pass?