|The First Fire Protection District Seeks Tax Referendum Approval on April 6, 2021|
|By Fire Chief Jon Cokefair|
|January 26, 2021|
The First Fire Protection District of Antioch is seeking a Tax Referendum in April of 2021
Historically, 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 2020 we responded to 2975 calls for service. This was down from the previous year's 471 calls. Departments across Lake County also saw significant decreases (-8.7%) in volume attributed to the Covid-19 Pandemic. As Fire Service Professionals, we feel our call volume will return to the growth we have seen in the past years as life returns to the new normal.
With 8.5 million dollars in building assets deteriorating, the department cannot keep up on the repairs needed on your aging firehouses.
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.
Please feel free to contact Chief Cokefair or Deputy Chief Cook if you wish to host a virtual meeting or would like to meet to help better understand our mission. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This referendum is not to pay for Traditional Pensioned Firefighters. Our Part-time and Contract staffing model will remain the same.