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March 17, 2020 Voter Referendum
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By Assistant Chief Chris Howell
February 14, 2020

On March 17, 2020 voters in the Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire Protection District will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum asking for an $8.5 million bond in order to construct two new Fire Stations.

The current Fire District is approximately 50 square miles and has three fire stations, one of which is not staffed.

The two new stations will replace two existing stations in Plato Center & Udina. These stations were built as call back unstaffed stations and were never intended to house Fire Fighters and Paramedics on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis. The new stations' locations would better serve the citizens of the Northeastern, Central and Southern areas of the Fire District. With our third station serving the Northeast area of the Fire District.

The Fire Districts goal is to be able to staff all three stations, have three Advanced Life Support Ambulances in service and to be on the scene of every call in six minutes or less, which cannot be done today with the location of the current stations. Personnel used to staff the stations would be trained as both Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Personnel & these personnel would be able to respond immediately in either an ambulance or fire vehicle.

The Fire District will dedicate $300,000 annually toward retiring the bond debt service-thus reducing the property tax impact on the Fire District's citizens. Funds from the Fire District will be dedicated from the General Budget and the Fire District Will Not Raise Taxes to pay for its share of the project.

The two existing stations will be sold and these funds will be used toward the construction of the two new stations.

Everyone within our Fire District will benefit with the two new station, improving the efficiency and response times for back up assistance on emergency calls at all locations. Additional resources are shared by all of our stations.

Why the six minute on scene time is so important:

Persons that are suffering from a cardiac arrest or a stroke have a minimal amount time to survive prior to Advanced Life Support intervention. At the six minute point heart and brain tissue starts to die from lack of oxygen. A structure fire can double in size every few minutes depending on what is burning.

Property Tax Impact:

Fair Market Home Value: Property Tax Increase:

$150,000 will be $24

$200,000 will be $32

$250,000 will be $41

$300,000 will be $50

As more homes are built within our Fire District, these new residents will begin to share in the bond payment, which will further reduce the expense to everyone in the District. Once the bonds are retired, the property tax associated with the referendum will be removed, Lowering Your Taxes.

Remember that if you itemize your tax deductions, the increased property taxes may reduce your Federal and State taxes.

For Questions or Comments Contact:

Chief Mitchell Crocetti
39W160 Plank Road
Elgin, Illinois 60124
(847) 741-3151

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