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The Battlefield Fire Protection District is seeking a property tax levy increase on the April ballot.
The district, which covers a largely residential area of approximately 70,000 residents, plans to use the funds for improvements amid an increased demand for services, according to a news release.
The proposed assessment would set the levy at 78 cents, a 25-cent increase. The Battlefield Fire Protection District serves the entire city of Battlefield, along with parts of Ozark, Nixa, Republic and Springfield, according to its website.
“This is an important issue for the residents of the Battlefield Fire District. The board of directors carefully considered the impact this levy will have on the community. Weighing the funding alternatives, the additional quarter allows the organization to grow with the community while maintaining the high level of service our residents and visitors expect," Battlefield Fire Chief Scott Moore said in the release. "The district lacks the adequate funding to keep up with the growth of our area. This initiative will allow the district to add staffing, improve employee retention, improve service delivery and maintain our (Insurance Services Office) rating.”
If approved during the April 4 election, the district would start receiving funds by January 2024. Officials are planning a new five-year strategic plan to guide the district in the use of the funds.
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