Boone County Fire District Receives New Apparatus: Issues Bond Project Update
Gale Blomenkamp, Assistant Chief/MPIO - Friday, June 24, 2016

The Boone County Fire Protection District has recently taken delivery of seven Rosenbauer Commander pumpers and three Rosenbauer tankers. The fire district anticipates the remaining two Rosenbauer rescue squads to be delivered toward the end of October and the four Danko brush trucks will arrive in early July. The new apparatus were purchased from a portion of the $14 million bond issue which passed in April 2014. The total budget for apparatus is $5.35 million.

The new fire trucks are currently in the process of being equipped with basic tools like hose, nozzles, axes, pry bars, radios and flashlights. Training on these new state of the art CAFS (compressed air foam system) engines is occurring concurrently to the outfitting of the apparatus. To date, two engines and the two tankers have been placed in front line service.

The 2014 bond issue has allowed us to replace our oldest apparatus. Some were close to 30 years old. The other portion of the bond issue is being used for facility upgrades and equipment. The total facility upgrade budget is $6.85 million and the equipment budget which included Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and portable radios, is $1.5 million.

The stations receiving additions of resident rooms and training rooms include Station 3 in Hallsville, Station 6 in Sturgeon, Station 7 on Dripping Springs Road, Station 10 in Centralia and Station 14 located at Scott and Vawter School Road. Four other stations are receiving fitness/safe rooms. Those stations are Station 1 in the Lake of the Woods area, Station 2 in Rocheport, Station 4 in Harrisburg and Station 9 in Midway. Station 13 is being demolished and a new station will be built on the same property north of Columbia on Route E. One additional station has been added to the fire district, Station 16, which is being built on Highway HH just west of Svena Drive.

The board and members of the Boone County Fire Protection District again would like to thank our citizens for their unwavering support of our organization. The support over the last 46 years has allowed us to continue the tradition of “A Helping Hand” to the community in which we all live in.

2014 Bond Issue Fact Sheet

Apparatus Cost

7 - Rosenbauer Engines at $469,631.00/each (received) Stations 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14

3 - Rosenbauer Tankers at $291,313.00/each (received) Stations 1,7,15

2 - Rosenbauer Squads at $376,507.00/each (November delivery) Stations 1, 6

3 - Brush Trucks at $110,035/each. A fourth was purchased with fire district funds. (July delivery) Stations 5, 9, 12, 13

Facility Upgrades Cost

Station 3 - $621,285.00 (in progress) Station 1 - $144,225.00 (in progress)

Station 6 - $594,449.00 (in progress) Station 2 - $144,708.00 (in progress)

Station 7 - $694,336.00 (in progress) Station 4 - $135,030.00 (in progress)

Station 10 - $590,930.00 (in progress) Station 9 - $130,948.00 (in progress)

Station 14 - $559,030.00 (Completed)

Station 13 - $1,404,455 (Rebuild in progress)

Station 16 - $1,404,455 (New, out for bid)

Equipment Purchase Cost (Completed)

Self Contained Breathing Apparatus – $1,200,000.00

Portable Radios $300,000.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the amount of the bond issue?
A. $14 million

Q. How will the bonds be paid for?
A. To pay off the $14 million there will be an increase of 25 cents (25ข) per 100 dollars ($100) of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes.

Q. How long will it take to pay this off?
A. The maximum time a bond can run is 20 years. However, apparatus and equipment are amortized over a 10 year period while fire stations and land is amortized over 20 years. What this means is after the first 10 years your tax rate will be reduced by 15 cents. Over the remaining 10 years the tax rate would be 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Q. How much money will this bond issue cost me?
A. This table shows the full 25 cent (25ข) tax levy and the reduction to 10 cents (10ข) after the first 10 years for real estate property taxes. Personal property taxes can be calculated based on the formula below.

Residential Property Market Value Residential Property
Assessed Value
(19% of your Home Value) Cost per Year
(First 10 Years) Cost per Year
(Next 10 Years)
$100,000 $19,000 $47.50 $19.00
$150,000 $28,500 $71.25 $28.50
$200,000 $38,000 $95.00 $38.00
$250,000 $47,500 $118.75 $47.50

Your real estate property taxes are determined by taking the assessed value of your property, dividing it by $100 and then multiplying it by the tax rate.

The assessed value of your property is determined by taking the market value of your property multiplied by the statutory level of assessment: residential property is 19% of market value, agricultural property is 12% of market value, and commercial property is 32% of market value.

Your personal property taxes are determined by taking the assessed value of your personal property, dividing it by $100 and then multiplying it by the tax rate.

The assessed value of personal property is 33.3% of the true value of the personal property.

Q. What is the difference between a bond issue and a tax levy increase?
A. By law, bond issues only provide funds for new construction, renovation of existing facilities, technology, purchase of apparatus and equipment. Tax levy funds are used to pay for operating costs such as salaries, benefits, materials and supplies.

Q. How will the bond money be spent?
A. Generally, the $14 million will address service delivery capabilities and areas of need.
• Apparatus and equipment replacement and refurbishing and training equipment equals $6.9 million
• Facilities and land equals $7.1 million.

A. Specifically, the following apparatus acquisitions and facility acquisitions, enhancements and additions are proposed:
• 7 New Fire Engines (E201, E301, E501, E601, E801, E1201, E1401)
• 3 New Tankers (T105, T705, T1505)
• 3 New Brush Trucks (G906, G1206, G1306)
• 2 New Rescue Squads (S104, S604)
• 1 New Stations (16) and 1 Replacement Station (13)
• 11 Station Expansions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14)
• 1 Land Acquisition (Station 12)
• New SCBA and portable radios for all stations

Q. When was the last bond issue passed for the fire district?
A. The last fire district bond issue was in 1998. That bond was for $7 million over 12 years. That bond was actually paid off early with tax levy reductions from 2003 through payoff in 2009. At the time the last bonds were retired, the fire district chose NOT to ask for another bond issue based on the economic downturn and the ensuing recession which affected our customers.

Tax Rate History

Tax Levies 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
Operations $ 0.30 $ 0.36 $ 0.66 $ 0.66 $ 0.60 $ 0.60 $ 0.601 $ 0.6342
Dispatch $ 0.03 $ 0.03 $ 0.03 $ 0.03 $ 0.03 $ 0.029 $ 0.029 $ 0.00
Bond $ 0.00 $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.22 $ 0.194 $ 0.00 $ 0.2451
Total $ 0.33 $ 0.58 $ 0.88 $ 0.88 $ 0.85 $ 0.823 $ 0.63 $ 0.8793

Q. Why is there a need for these items now?
A. We currently have apparatus in front line service that exceeds the life expectancy of 20 years. We have front line apparatus that was purchased in 1983, 1991 and 2000. The maintenance and repair costs continue to grow on an annual basis. The current facilities are also aging and no longer adequately serve the needs as they did 20 to 30 years ago.

Q. What is the cost of a new fire truck “today” versus years past?
A. Type Current 1999 1991 1983
Engine $520,000.00 $178,000.00 $167,131.00 $90,965.00
Tanker $290,000.00 $154,000.00 $ N/A $79,230.00
Rescue Squad $380,000.00 $245,000.00 $157,000.00 $61,546.00
Brush Trucks $120,000.00 $45,000.00 $38,000.00 $ N/A
The price of fire apparatus has risen dramatically over the past 10 – 15 years. Technology advancements, national standards and regulations and the equipment capabilities have caused these increases.

Q. Can the bond money be spent on personnel, salaries or benefits for employees?
A. No. Laws only allow bond money to be spent on facilities, land, equipment and apparatus, not people.

Q. How big is the Boone County Fire Protection District?
A. The fire district is the largest volunteer fire department in the State of Missouri and the third largest fire agency in the state. We cover approximately 500 square miles of Boone County including nine different municipalities protecting over 50,000 citizens.

Q. How many firefighters does the district have?
A. The fire district currently has 250 volunteer firefighters with 25 career support staff. Of those 25 positions, 8.25 are paid for through alternative funding sources (FEMA grants and cooperative agreements).

Q. How many fire trucks does the district operate?
A. We currently have 14 front line fire engines with 3 reserves 10 tankers used to haul water with 3 reserves 10 smaller brush trucks and 10 other specialty units which include rescue squads, hazardous materials response units, boats and other support apparatus.

Q. How much would a fully paid fire department this size cost?
A. To totally staff the Fire District with career staffing, the additional cost to the taxpayers is estimated at $33,566,446.00. The total annual volunteer savings is $28,137,446. Savings per volunteer is $73,519, savings per residence is $1,563 and the savings per capita is $562.75 per a study which was conducted in 2004 by the Public Safety and Environmental Protection Institute at St. Joseph's University with the assistance of VFIS.

Q. How many hours do the volunteers put in?
A. In 2015: 205,193 volunteer hours. These hours include response, training, station standby, public education and prevention, investigations and continuing education.

Q. How many calls does the fire district respond to in a year?
A. In 2015: 4281 calls.

Q. What types of calls does the fire district respond to?
A. In 2015: 197 Fires
1 Overpressure Rupture, Explosion and Overheat (no fire)
2980 Rescue and Emergency Medical
61 Hazardous Condition
223 Service
589 Good Intent
225 False Alarm/False Call
5 Severe Weather/Natural Disaster

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