Fire District proposes zero percent levyThe governing board of the Cloquet Area Fire District approved a preliminary zero percent levy increase for 2013 at the Sept. 12 meeting.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
The governing board of the Cloquet Area Fire District approved a preliminary zero percent levy increase for 2013 at the Sept. 12 meeting.
For Cloquet residents, that means two different local taxing authorities – CAFD and the city of Cloquet – will not increase property tax rates for the next year. The Carlton County Board of Commissioners, however, set its preliminary levy at 6.31 percent at its Sept. 11 meeting. Final levy amounts will be adopted in December but cannot go above the preliminary levy amount, although they can decrease.
“Our savings are starting to show up, said CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder, referring to the district’s goal of eliminating redundant equipment between what were three different fire departments (Cloquet, Scanlon and Perch Lake).
Schroeder said the CAFD 2013 budget adopted at the same meeting was only $5,000 over last year’s budget. This is the third year the fire district has levied taxes.
The CAFD was the first Fire and EMS Special Taxing district in the state of Minnesota and serves residents of Cloquet, Perch Lake Township, Scanlon, and through a professional services contract for fire protection, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Northeastern Carlton County and parts of Southern St. Louis County.
According the CAFD website, the fire district responds from three stations to all fires, medical emergencies, rescues, and other non-emergency service calls from the public. A civilian Fire District Board oversees 23 full-time and approximately 38 paid on-call members who respond in unison to mitigate these emergencies.