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Some rural Allen Parish voters will be asked on Dec. 8 to help fund improvements and upkeep of Fire Protection District 3. The Allen Parish Police Jury voted this week to place a proposed 15-year, 13-mill property tax on the ballot. The tax would be used to operate, maintain and improve fire equipment and facilities. (mgnonline.com)<br>

Some rural Allen Parish voters will be asked on Dec. 8 to help fund improvements and upkeep of Fire Protection District 3. The Allen Parish Police Jury voted this week to place a proposed 15-year, 13-mill property tax on the ballot. The tax would be used to operate, maintain and improve fire equipment and facilities. (mgnonline.com)

Property tax on ballot for some rural Allen Parish voters

Last Modified: Saturday, October 06, 2012 7:48 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

Some rural Allen Parish voters will be asked on Dec. 8 to help fund improvements and upkeep of Fire Protection District 3. The Allen Parish Police Jury voted this week to place a proposed 15-year, 13-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax would be used to operate, maintain and improve fire equipment and facilities, district board President Charles Earl said. “Our equipment is getting old, and our buildings need repairs,” Earl said.

The tax is expected to generate about $55,000 a year, he said.

“We need this to buy new vehicles and renovate some of our stations,” Earl said. “We also need to build a four-stall garage for our vehicles.”

The district, which includes Ward 4 of Allen Parish, maintains fire stations in Grant, Mittie, Palestine and Blackjack. It serves nearly 2,000 residents and has nearly two dozen volunteer firefighters who provide both fire and emergency medical services.

The district has a Class 5 fire rating, and the improvements could help lower the rating to help save on homeowner’s insurance, Earl said.

“The fire rating went from Class 10 to a Class 5 since the original bond passed,” he said. “It helped us improve the fire rating, which affects the insurance rates.”

The district has maintained its Class 5 rating for about three years, Earl said. Officials would like to see it improve with a new rating.

“We have continually gone down from 10, to 9, to 7 and now we are at 5,” he said. “Hopefully the (planned) improvements will get it down to a Class 4 or lower. For a rural area we are doing well.”

Early voting for the Dec. 8 election will be Nov. 24-Dec. 1.

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