If you like Fenton and Mehlville fire district rates so much, why don't you sell your home and move there? I like it here, I like my fire department and I voted to give them the sales tax they asked for. If you voted against that, then sorry, you were outvoted. Simple as that. I seem to recall that the City of Arnold had an agreement that Rock Community was supposed to receive a half million dollar fire truck in that deal for development of Arnold Commons, what happened to that?It is reasonable for citizens to expect high quality emergency services. But, at what cost?
Mehlville Fire Protection District provides both fire services and EMS. The property tax rate is $0.697. They receive no sales taxes. That's right, fire and ambulance services for $0.697.
Fenton Fire Protection District provides both fire and EMS for a property tax rate of $0.661. Again, no sales tax revenue support for both fire and ambulance.
Rock Community Fire Protection District only provides fire services. The ambulance district is a separate entity. Rock Fire has a property tax rate of $0.707 plus a 1/2 cent sales tax. Rock Ambulance has a property tax rate of $0.21 plus a sales tax rate of 1/4 cent.
In 2012, I paid property taxes of $352 to Rock Fire plus approximately $150 in sales taxes for a total of $502. I also paid property taxes of $104 to Rock Ambulance plus approximately $75 in sales taxes for a total of $179. My combined costs for fire and ambulance services were $681 in 2012.
By contract, if my house were located in the Mehlville Fire Protection District, my 2012 cost would have been $347 for both fire and ambulance services. If my house were located in the Fenton Fire Protection District, my 2012 cost would have been $329 for both fire and ambulance services.
If neighboring fire districts can provide combined fire/ambulance services for less than Rock Fire can provide fire services only, something is wrong. The cost of Rock Fire services have risen 50% since 2005, and they claim to need another 13.4% boost in property tax rate to support the reckless spending.