Fire District “Structure Fee” Unchanged from Last Year

At last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1’s Board of Commissioners, the board unanimously voted to to levy the annual “structure fee” using the same language as was used for tax year 2013. Here is the pertinent language:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the provisions of the Act and the Proposition which was approved at the Special Election, there is hereby levied an annual Service Charge of Seventy­ Two Dollars ($72.00) in the year 2013 on each person owning residential or commercial structures, whether occupied or unoccupied, located wholly or partly within the boundaries of the District and that for the purposes of the assessment and collection of the Service Charge, owners shall be assessed the Service Charge for each such structure which they own, and each residential or commercial unit and each housing unit within a multiple dwelling structure shall be considered a separate structure and a mobile home, as defined in R.S. 9:1149.2(3) shall be considered a structure, all as provided in the Act and stated in the Proposition.

However, it is specifically understood that the annual Service Charge levied herein shall NOT apply to any structure used solely for personal storage by the owner thereof, nor any building, barn, or other construction located on land devoted solely to agricultural and cultivation purposes, unless such building, barn or other construction is used for a residence.

See here the complete documents:

Resolution 2014-00
Resolution 2013-02

Commissioner and Finance Committee Chair Bart Dugdale reported that so far this year, the district was a little over budget, but said he was hopeful that increased sales tax collections for the year would offset the extra spending. Dugdale said supplies had cost more than had been budgeted.

Much of the meeting involved discussion about the hire of a chief, and whether a full-time chief was necessary.

Chairman Richard Aillet said that they would soon be submitting a questionnaire to the Office of State Examiner, who would prepare a job description that would be returned for review.

Commissioner Mike Fulton asked if a permanent chief was necessary. He stressed that he wasn’t necessarily suggesting that course of action, but worried that once a permanent chief was hired, that individual might not want to follow the direction of the board as diligently as would a part-time chief. He also noted that a permanent chief would be under civil service rules.

Aillet suggested that concern made it that much more important that they do a thorough job in hiring.

Temporary Chief Donnie Watson said that the area of the district would likely preclude any interest in a temporary or part-time chief.

Said Watson, “In my experience, I don’t you’re going to find anybody that would be interested in taking this size district on as a part-time. This is a huge fire district.”


2 Responses to “Fire District “Structure Fee” Unchanged from Last Year”

  1. StopItAlready Says:

    “This is a huge fire district.” but not a huge job.
    Unless one sets out to make it so.
    Unless the Board lets it happen.
    Unless they get more money.
    Keep it real, guys.

  2. Lois Says:

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people about this topic, however, you
    seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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