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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much is the levy for?


The Evergreen Fire District is asking for 37.72 Mills, which is approximately $631,500. This is 54% of the previous request.




What is this levy going to provide?


This levy will provide a more timely response in keeping with the reccomended NFPA standard of 4 personnel. This levy will provide:

  • 2 AEMT/Firefighters for 24 hours, 365 days per year,
  • 2 Paramedic/Firefighters 24 hours, 365 days per year,
  1. The 4 personnel on shift 24/7 will be cross-trained in fire and medical.

  2. Moderate wage increase to mitigate employee turnover.

  3. Will provide health insurance benefits of $500 and retirement 3%.

  4. More reliable fire and medical services for the Evergreen Community.

  5. Less dependent on other agencies.

  6. More consistent funding for equipment and apparatus.




What is this going to provide for the Firefighters?


For years, the employees have worked for minimal wages and no benefits. This levy will provide: Wages

  • EMT (AEMT) average of $13.75 per hour.
  • Paramedic average of $17.25 per hour.
Employee Benefits
  • Health insurance of $500 per month
  • Retirement 3% of wages




How much is this going to cost the voters?


On a home with a taxable market value of a $100,000 it will cost $50.93 per year and a home with a taxable market value of $200,000 it will cost $101.85 per year. To determine your individual cost increase based on your taxable market value, use the calculator below.




How much of this levy will go toward apparatus and equipment replacement?


Of the 37.72 Mills, 12.54 Mills (which is approximatly $210,000) is designated to go directly into the Capital Improvment Fund, which funds apparatus and equipment replacement.




Where do I find the Assessed Taxable Market Value of my home?


Levys are calculated by the "Market Value" on your tax bill. This can be located in the upper left hand corner of your tax bill. Keep in mind that this is not the retail appraisal value of your home.




What if the levy fails?


1. Less likely to serve growing community needs.

2. Less staffing, less availability

3. Longer response times

4. Difficult to replace and maintain aging apparatus.

5. More dependent on other agencies





Contact

Phone: 406 752 4636
Fax: 406 752 1540
Site: www.evergreenfire.org
Email: info@evergreenfirerescue.net
Address: 2236 Hwy 2 East Kalispell, MT 59901.