MISSOULA – Fire and emergency medical coverage in the area surrounding Missoula could take a big jump forward if voters approve a special levy request for the Missoula Rural Fire District.
The new mill levy proposal is designed to help MRFD deal with the impacts of increasing growth, over a sprawling district that covers everything from Lolo and the Northern Bitterroot to the canyons north of Missoula and up the Highway 200 Corridor.
The levy would allow “24-7” coverage by increasing staff at all five of the department’s five stations. Right now, that isn’t possible, and it presents some challenges, especially with Advanced Life Support, or during our wildfire season. The funds would allow for the hiring of 10-additional firefighter/EMTs.
If approved, the mill levy would cost just under $80 per year on a value of $200,000 — based on taxable value, which is 75% of the market value.
Ballots should have been mailed already, or will need to be dropped off at the Elections Center at the Missoula County Fairgrounds by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Remember, if your a voter in Bonner, the bond issue was omitted on the initial ballot, so a supplementary ballot was sent out and you’ll need follow the instructions and return them both.