Approve affordable fire control

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Approve affordable fire control

Dear Editor and residents of rural Dawson County:

Next week as we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners around the county there is so much to be thankful for. One thing that we are thankful for is the West Glendive Fire Department and its many volunteer firefighters.

Earlier this year there was a petition to form a rural fire district within Dawson County which failed by a small margin. This fall a group of residents came together and are initiating another try. A five-year contract between Dawson County and West Glendive Fire Department will run out July 1, 2019.

This will end structural fire coverage for much of Dawson County that lies outside the city limits or the limits of West Glendive. Along with being without fire coverage this would also affect our home insurance rates.

Passage of a fire district basically provides dependable yearly funding that can only be used by the fire department servicing the rural area. All the funds raised by the mills appropriated for the district area will be used for fire control, whether for equipment, training, or actual costs associated with fighting fires.

We challenge you to look at your property taxes and see how affordable our fire control really is. With the increased 4 mills for the rural fire district you will be paying less than you paid to put your Thanksgiving meal on the table.

A county wide mailing will be going out to residents soon. There are also petitions circulating through the community by neighbors. For the petition to count for a property, all owners on that deed must sign the petition and then that counts as one signature towards passage. Also, we need 40 percent of rural resident’s property owner signatures, and 40 percent of all assessed taxable value is also needed.

Watch your mailboxes in the upcoming week or two, and then we ask that you join us in signing the petition for the rural fire district in Dawson County.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 486-5584, or my cell – 939-1411.

Thank you,

Clay and Marianne Lassle

Dawson County