Two volunteer firefighters proposed a fire conservation district at a recent Lawrence County Commission Meeting, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Per state law, taxes may be levied on fire protection districts for fund operation, maintenance, and equipment expenses.
As Spearfish now has its own fire department, the fire protection district would serve rural areas surrounding the city. Fire protection districts are able to garner up to 1.6 mills, with one mill being equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Mike McGuigan and Gerald Draine, who are proposing the district, believe only 0.4-0.6 mills would be necessary to properly fund the district.
Volunteers are currently being accepted to serve on the fire protection district board, which would determine the mill levy following the creation of the fire district.
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