Important Funding for Lucas FR Included in Upcoming Election
Correction: In the March 21, 2019 issue of the Lovejoy Messenger, there was an error on page three. The following paragraph was incorrect: “One of the measures on the May 4th election ballot permits the extension of current water taxes. There is no increase in the tax rate but approval is required for the continuation of the existing debt.” It should have read: One of the measures on the May 4th election ballot permits the extension of current sales taxes. There is no increase in the tax rate but approval is required for the continued support of the Fire District.
City of Lucas City Manager Joni Clarke expresses the importance of Lucas residents exercising their right to be heard by voting in the May 4 General and Special Election. In addition to the one contested council seat and one uncontested council seat will be a special election item ballot. The special election ballot will include the continuation of the Lucas Fire Control, Prevention and EMS District for a 10 year period, along with the continuation of allocating a portion of the city’s sales tax collected to the Lucas Fire Control, Prevention and EMS District also for 10 years. Clarke said, “This is an important issue for the city as this sales tax helps fund our fire-rescue department.”
The Fire District was created in 2014 by the voters of Lucas in a special election. The Fire District was created to assist in funding equipment and personnel for the fire-rescue department. The 2019 special election is an effort to continue to utilize a portion of the existing sales tax rate funding for fire and EMS services for an additional 10 years. How that works is the city collects 2% of the 8.25% sales tax collected on goods and services sold. One percent is allocated to the city’s general fund, one-half of one percent is allocated towards street maintenance and the remaining one-half of one percent is earmarked to the Fire District that assists in funding the fire-rescue department. The city is proposing that this sales tax allocation assists in funding the fire-rescue department and will be maintained for a 10 year period.
City of Lucas Mayor Jim Olk provides financial details, “A half cent in sales tax equates to about $330,000 annually. This year’s budget for the fire department is $2,246,000 so approximately 15% of the fire department budget is currently being funded by the sales tax collected from any and all retail sales in Lucas.”
This special election ballot does not raise residents’ taxes. This is simply a vote required to continue to allocate the sales tax in the way it has been allocated since 2014.
Early voting will take place at the Lucas Community Center located behind City Hall at 665 Country Club Road on the following dates and times: Monday, April 22, 8 am - 5pm; Tuesday, April 23, 8 am - 5 pm; Wednesday, April 24, 8 am - 5 pm; Thursday, April 25, 8 am - 7 pm; Friday, April 26, 8 am - 5 pm; Saturday, April 27, 8 am - 5 pm; Monday, April 29, 7 am - 7 pm;
Tuesday, April 30, 7 am - 7 pm; and Saturday, May 4, 7 am – 7 pm (Election Day).
For additional information, please call City of Lucas at 972-912-1211.