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SECOND DISTRICT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RESCUE SQUAD, INC.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR
RESIDENTS OF THE SECOND AND NINTH ELECTION DISTRICTS
PROPOSAL BY SECOND DISTRICT VFD & VRS, INC. TO INCREASE THE FIRE AND RESCUE TAX RATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018
Residents of the Second Election District and residents of the Ninth Election District have their Fire and Rescue services provided by Second District Volunteer Fire Department and
Rescue Squad, Inc. The funding for this service is provided from several sources, principally the district-specific Fire Tax and Rescue Tax, the county-wide Emergency Services Support Tax, and fund raising by the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. The Ninth Election District is served by the Second District VFD and VRS.
The Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. is seeking approval from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County (Commissioners) to increase the Fire Tax rate within the Second and Ninth Election District and also the Rescue Tax Rate in the Second and Ninth District effective July 1, 2018. Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc. is seeking this increase because, in developing their FY2019 budget, they have identified a need for additional funding in the amount of $226,326 annually for increased operational expenses and deficits, lifesaving equipment, and debt service on loans needed to pay for the construction of a new facility. This increased funding is proposed to be raised by increasing the Second District Fire Tax rate from $.044 to $.056, increasing the Ninth District Fire Tax rate from $.036 to $.056, and the Second and Ninth District Rescue Tax rate from $.008 to $.017 per $100 of assessed value. Based on an estimated 3,721 properties in the Second Election District, and 226 in the Ninth Election District, the increase is expected to average $55.32 per property in the 2nd District and $90.65 per property in the 9th District for the first year. Each property will be impacted differently. The actual amount of the increase will depend upon the value of the land and improvements as established by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing for residents of the Second Election District and Ninth Election District will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7 pm at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. At that time, a representative of Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will make a presentation regarding these budgetary needs, and respond to questions, as appropriate. Documents relating to this proposal, including audit report and budget information, are available at Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692, the Public Information Office, Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD, 20650, and each of the three public libraries in St. Mary’s County, during regular business hours. Public comment and participation is encouraged.
Written comments on this hearing should be submitted to the attention of the:
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 through March 1, 2018. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will also accept testimony regarding this matter on April 17, 2018 at Great Mills High School, and will make a decision on May 15, 2018, in connection with the adoption of the annual budget.
By: John P. Caulder II,