|Posted by cherokee.creek on January 8, 2016 at 10:35 AM|
January 8, 2016
As you have seen in local media reports and a letter you will be receiving by mail, the Cherokee Creek Volunteer Fire Department has been authorized by Cherokee County Council, to petition our residents to vote on and hopefully approve a millage increase from 12 mills to 18 mills for our fire district, in effort to build a new Main Fire Station. This millage increase will replace our current station located on Buck Shoals Rd. It is our goal to be as forthcoming and informative as possible on this issue so that the benefit are properly relayed to our citizens.
Built on one acre of land in 1978, our current main station located at 410 Buck Shoals Rd, has reached its full potential. Over the years the pre cast concrete building has had additions built and numerous upgrades to attempt to better fit our needs. We feel at this point it would not be cost effective to attempt any further upgrades or additions. Due to the acreage, studies have shown that it would not be feasible to raze the current building and erect a new one in the current location. Several years ago, our department purchased a 2 acre plot of land at Buck Shoals Rd and Bonner Rd, immediately adjacent to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church. This spot will better serve our needs as it is larger and will give us easier access to two major routes of travel.
We feel that the new fire station will better allow us to train our firefighters and increase the quality of service to our citizens. It will also provide us more space to more securely store expensive equipment within our inventory. As Local, State, and Federal Standards require us to provide more and more features to better protect our firefighters, this station will be a must. We plan on building this station with the future growth of the department in mind to ensure this building will last us for many years to come.
This millage increase should be offset by the reduction in our ISO rating that we announced late last year. The decrease in this rating should ensure that every property owner within our fire district saves between 5% and 45% on their homeowner’s insurance premiums. Those savings should far surpass the amount we are requesting. To clarify, the millage increase equates to $24 per year for every $100,000 of assessed value, which equals out to approximately $2 per month.
In the coming weeks, our members will be contacting our citizens to ask that they sign a petition. Once we receive a certain number of signatures, this petition only allows that the millage increase be put on a ballot for you to vote on. This petition however, can only be signed by registered voters within our district. Our goal is to contact citizens face to face as to be able to personally answer any questions; however it will be extremely difficult to contact everyone. If you are interested in signing this petition, feel free to contact us and we will come to you.
As always, we are available and waiting to answer any questions or hear any concerns that you may have. Our contact information can be found on our website or you can contact any of our Tax Commissioners, Board of Directors, Officers, or Members of the department, they will be able to answer your questions or point you to the right person. We would like to thank the community for their continued support of our department and members, without your support our organization would not be able to function.