The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District currently services approximately 22,000 residents across 140 square miles in Grundy counting including 11 Miles of Interstate 80, the Illinois River, White Oak alone has 1200 students, not including the other schools, senior centers, buildings/towers, hospital, and agriculture.
In 2016, they responded to 6018 calls for service. During the day time they have 3 ambulances running and 2 at night to service the community. The District needs an addition ambulance running during the night time hours. Morris has the largest call volume compared to other local departments but with less than half the budget. The current budget is 2.2 Million were other, smaller departments with less volume of calls have over 5 Million.
The District has paid for everything and have no loans. They had paid for Fire Stations 2/Headquarters outright including all the Apparatus at both Fire Stations, Ambulances and any equipment. The current Fire Station #1 is in need of MAJOR repairs (72 years old) and believe it will cost an estimated 3 Million dollars to repair. Even with their very small budget they have been able to save $1.6 Million dollars towards the much needed renovations. Fire Station #1 is in need of repairs to a roof, the building, sewage system and addition sleeping quarters to house the needed personal.
District Board President Dave Bonomo said "The District has taken a very fiscally responsible approach to budgeting and the trustees will continue this effort. To meet the needs of our Districts taxpayers and provide outstanding ambulance and fire response we are asking for our first-rate increase in 25 years". For the last 25 years there has been no increase in taxes to help cover the growth in the community, the increase in costs and necessary supplies needed for ALS (Advance Life Support). Under the law right now, the District can levy up to .10 cents per $100.00 of equalized assessed valuation on property for ambulance purposes. The owner of a $100,000 home pays approximately $3 per month in taxes to the District. With the referendum this will increase its ambulance levy to a maximum of .35 cents per $100.00 of equalized assessed valuation which that same homeowner would see an increase of approximately $7 per month in ambulance taxes a year.
Currently --- wants to increase it to -----> Estimated
.10 cents ------------------> .35 cents
$3/ per month -----------------> $7/ per month per $100,000 house
This increase will help in retaining District personal and will be able to increase the pay which is currently lower than all the Districts in the area. In addition to increasing response time with additional personal and Ambulance Apparatus.
District EMS --------------> Fireman Lead
Morris $9.36 $16.00 / hr
Coal City $13.13 $17.77 / hr
Minooka $16.00 $18.00 / hr
Wilmington $15.30 $21.50 / hr
Years ago the Districts ISO was rated 7, with the upgrades throughout the last years the score has increased to a rated 3. For this scoring system the lower the number, the better. With the increase of emergency calls for service, the referendum will help maintain the rated 3 with the addition ambulance and personal to continue to decrease the response times.
Thank you Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District for coming tonight.
* We NEED to set up a work date for the Rotary Park *
* Starting 7/25/17 - Updated location for meetings in Maria's Ristorante and Pizzeria*
- Location: 1591 N Division Street
Morris, IL 60450
- At Maria's, members will be billed for food on quarterly Statements. *only if you eat*
* WE NEED EVERYONE AT THE NEXT MEETING *