Letter: MCFD#1 after failed levy

I want to thank our community for participating in the recent election to renew and increase the local option levy for Marion County Fire District #1. The results were not as we’d hoped, and we recognize this is a difficult time for many in our community.

The failure to increase the levy also means that the entire local option levy failed. This levy accounts for $2.4 million, or almost 30 percent of our property tax revenue to provide emergency services.

We will continue to provide the best level of service within a balanced budget. We also need to be transparent in letting the communities we serve know that service levels will be reduced.

Our Board of Directors will be meeting to discuss what those cuts will be. It’s going to be a difficult conversation to have with our communities, but we will keep you informed every step of the way. Please participate in these discussions. We need your help and support now more than ever.

Kyle McMann, Fire Chief

Marion County Fire District #1