The levy would help boost department to nine full-time employees, up from four currently

Aurora Rural Fire Protection District has placed a levy on the ballot, the purpose of which is to replace the current tax levy for emergency fire and medical services.

The new levy, if passed in May, would increase staffing to nine full-time firefighting positions (up from four), as well as pay for medical tools, safety equipment and repairs, the election notice that was turned in to Marion County Elections stated.

The levy, if passed, will be $0.99 per $1,000 assessed value for five years beginning in fiscal year 2018-19. This would replace the five-year levy at $0.49 per $1,000 assessed value approved by voters in 2013. Levy funds at that time were used to allow the career staffing at the current level of four firefighting positions and six resident student fire and life safety positions.

The measure may cause property taxes to increase more than 3 percent, according to the notice filed with Marion County Elections.

The estimated revenue would be $4,005,857. Each year of the levy, that is estimated to amount to: $754,521 in 2018-19, $777,157 in 2019-20, $800,472 in 2020-21, $824,486 in 2021-22, and $849,221 in 2022-23.

The election is May 15.

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