NFPD Finalizes Proposal for Voters on Funding a New Fire Station

By Brett Martin |

Published 08/26 2014 06:59AM

Updated 08/26 2014 07:09AM

NIXA, Mo. – A local fire district will put the fate of a new station and equipment in the hands of voters this fall.

The Nixa Fire Protection District finalized a proposal that would increase property taxes to fund the project.

Robyn Schroeder lives along Route AA in Christian county and hears fire trucks speeding down her street a lot.

"Having them closer would be good for the community," says Schroeder.

Those trucks come from more than two miles away along winding roads in a rural part of the county.

Assistant Fire Chief Whitney Weaver says they can prevent that with a new station.

"We already own property at AA or Guin road and north Nicholas road."

Before the station can be built, Weaver says the district needs voters to approve a $2.575 million dollar bond. The bond would be paid back over ten years with an increase in property tax.

"For the citizens and tax payers here in the Nixa fire district, it is going to be .08 on the $100 assess value. Just as an example a $100,000 home, we are estimating about a $15.20 or about a $1.27 a month."

The district serves 53 miles in Christian and Stone counties with four stations. Weaver says a new station lifts the strain on other stations.

"This will not only provide better response times for the northern part of our district but it will also relieve some of the call volume," says Weaver.

The last time a station was built was 2001. Since 2004, emergency calls are up by 51%.

"With planning and pulling together statistics over the past few years, that northern part of our district is getting busier."

The bond helps replace a 22-year old ladder truck with a new one as well.

"We are the only one in the county that does have a ladder truck, its currently 75 feet long."

Weaver says their current truck is too big and heavy for the areas they service.

"Its over 20 years old and the maintenance costs are going up on it."

Schroeder says knowing help is just yards away, in an area that is growing, makes her feel better about where she lives.

"With it growing and getting bigger, there's a lot of traffic through here and having help closer is a good thing."

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