The Cascade Rural Fire Protection District proposes levy increase


The Cascade Rural Fire Protection District wants to add a property tax increase to the November election ballot to hire additional first responders. 

If residents vote in favor of the levy, the total increase would be about $600,000. It would fund three additional firefighters/paramedics, three additional EMT/firefighters, and full-time deputy chief, and a full-time secretary. 

Currently, people living within the Cascade Rural Fire Protection District pay 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The district is proposing an 83 cent increase, which would mean people within the distinct would pay $1.33 per $1,000 of assessed value- more than double what it is now. 

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Cascade Fire Chief Steve Hull cited the need to keep up with the increased demand as the reason for the proposed levy. In 2010, Cascade Rural Fire Protection District responded to 285 incidents. In 2019, they responded to 470 and in 2021, CRFPD responded to 422 incidents. 

 “Our call volume has increased by as much as 65% over the last 11 years and with the current developments within the district, this trend looks to continue,” Hull said. “We currently provide a great service to the community, but with the increased demand and shortage of volunteers, we will be looking to the voters for additional funding.”

Hull said the volunteer numbers have been declining over the past several years, leaving staff to train for multiple positions. 

 “Our volunteer numbers have been declining for several years, due to many factors, including but not limited to training requirements, work schedules, family commitments, and housing shortages,” he said. “With the decrease in volunteer Fire and EMS personnel, CRFPD has been working for the last several years to cross-train staff to have the knowledge to respond to Fire and EMS incidents within our district.”  

The Cascade Rural Fire Protection District provides fire protection services up to 110 square miles and works with Valley County to provide EMS services up to 1,300 square miles. Currently, the fire district employs a fire chief, EMS director, part-time secretary, three paramedic/firefighters, and three EMT/firefighters along with 10 cross-trained volunteers. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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