Boone County (MO) Fire District Looks for Approval of $6 Million Bond

Although the district has another new station—Station No. 5 in Prathersville—the district will still ask voters to approve the new bond issue.

According to a report from The Missourian, the Boone County (MO) Fire Protection District’s (BCFPD) Station No. 8 has stood at 5801 S. Route K for almost 40 years. However, BCFPD’s officials believe it’s time to build a new one.

Although the district has another new station—Station No. 5—in Prathersville, the BCFPD will still be asking voters to approve a $6 bond issue on April 6, which would finance renovations and additions at other district fire stations and begin a 10-year plan to modernize the district’s apparatus fleet.

According to an FAQ the district posted on its Web site, the bond issue will not increase in property taxes. Rather, it would simply continue the existing 25-cent property tax levy, which will cost the owner of a $200,000 residential property $95 per year.

The fire district’s property tax levy could fail if voters don’t pass the bond issue. Assistant Chief and Support Services Bureau Director Gale Blomenkamp said the $14 million in bonds that were issued with voter approval in 2014 were split: Around $6.9 million in bonds for vehicles were originally to be repaid over a 10-year period, but it will now be paid off two years ahead of schedule. The other $7.1 million for new stations and expansion were amortized as 20-year bonds.

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