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CFD referendum on ballot

By on September 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

Columbia voters will be asked to vote Nov. 6 on a referendum to approve a tax levy that will allow Columbia EMS to operate under the Columbia Fire Department rather than Monroe County EMS, with several benefits to residents of the CFD and Columbia EMS service area.

“It gives Columbia more of a say over emergency services,” Columbia City Administrator Jimmy Morani said.

For Columbia residents in Monroe County, this change will simply amount to a slight reduction in property taxes for at least the first year of the change. 

But for St. Clair County residents in the Columbia fire and EMS service areas, they will have to begin paying the same tax their Monroe County counterparts have been paying all along for the same service.

“There are no plans to change the structure of the department,” Morani added. “The services and service area will be the same.”

Bringing Columbia EMS under the umbrella of the Columbia Fire Department will also insulate against privatization…>>>

Read the rest of the story in the Sept. 19, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net