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Philip Fire Protection District opt out town hall meeting

by Del Bartels

The town hall meeting Tuesday, July 20, concerning the proposed tax opt out for the Philip Fire Protection District was well attended and cordial, but concerned.

The audience was given details concerning the current situation of the Philip Volunteer Fire Department's financial situation and need for maintenance or replacement of safety equipment. Yearly donations are on a steady decline. Realized payments for fire calls are also declining, with nothing received so far this calendar year.

Among questions and discussion, a general agreement was voiced that a public understanding of the PVFD financial needs was not realized. Some wanted an earlier openness from the board. Some of the audience thought, now, that donations would greatly increase if there was no property tax. Some were going to look into increasing their fire insurance coverage as it concerns the fire department. Some would prefer a city sales tax increase rather than a property tax.

There will be a public vote on whether the fire district will receive taxes of $75,000 each year for the next three years. The date for the vote has yet to be determined.

See next week's issue of the Pioneer Review for a more in-depth coverage of the meeting.