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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Residents propose Harrisburg Township Fire District

  • At the Harrisburg Township Board meeting Thursday night several Harrisburg residents asked questions of the board about the possibility of creating a fire protection district for Harrisburg Township.
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  • At the Harrisburg Township Board meeting Thursday night several Harrisburg residents asked questions of the board about the possibility of creating a fire protection district for Harrisburg Township.
    Michael Oshel and Kevin Reimer were on the agenda and posed several questions to the board on this subject. Reimer and Oshel discussed with the board possibilities and asked if the board could put the matter the spring ballot.
    Township Supervisor Danny Clayton explained that it was a matter that the board could not act on and that such a question could be put on the ballot as a result of a citizen generated petition that gathered the requisite number of signatures.
    In a phone interview Sunday, Clayton stated that there were two options for the creation of a fire protection district. One would be to levy the taxes necessary to create a fully equipped and staffed station for the township and that he felt that was a cost prohibitive solution. Another possibility would be to generate funds through a new tax and purchase fire protection from the Harrisburg Fire Department.
    Clayton stated that there were a number of questions that he needed answers to before he could back such a plan. Clayton said that he needed to know such things as the amount of money required annually to pay for the protection, was the Harrisburg Fire Department willing and able to provide such a service and would the initial tax rate be be likely to increase in the future?
    “I have a lot of questions and concerns that I need answers to before committing to this,” Clayton said. “I don't want to lead the people of the township down the wrong path.”
    Clayton noted that if such a course of action was taken, a new tax would apply only to residents outside the Harrisburg city limits.
     
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