Archive for November 5th, 2014

Palatine Rural FPD wins tax hike

The Daily Herald has an article about the palatine Rural FPD tax referendum:

Palatine-area voters approved a 0.05 percent tax hike for the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Tuesday night, a measure voters previously rejected in the spring.

With 19 out of 21 precincts reporting, unofficial election totals show 58.4 percent of voters said they were in favor of increasing property taxes for the district.

The tax increase is expected to raise about $200,000 to pay for district operations. If the early results hold up, property owners will pay about $50 more in taxes for every $100,000 in equalized assessed value.

Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen said the increase will help with some of the costs of providing rescue services, including equipment, some salaries and incentives for rescue teams. The first time the district sought the increase, the measure fell short by less than 100 votes.

It was the second time in the past 10 years the district has gotten a tax increase approved. In 2005, voters approved an increase in the corporate rate. That referendum took six tries. “It’s difficult times. Nobody wants to pay a tax increase,” Clemmensen said. “Nobody likes to go out and ask for money.

Now, he said, the district can balance its budget and pay for the services it provides.

Clemmensen noted that the district’s equalized assessed value has dropped by 34 percent over the past five years. Most of that loss, he said, has come out of the district’s operating fund.

The district covers 17 square miles, including parts of Inverness and unincorporated Palatine Township.


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Buffalo Grove Code 4 fire, 11-4-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

Buffalo Grove companies responded to 571 Silver Rock Lane last night for a chimney fire at the rear of the house. Flames were reported visible from a block away upon arrival. The fire was quickly knocked down.

firefighters at residential house at night

Larry Shapiro photo

KME quint at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

damage from a chimney fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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New CFD buggies

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here is a shot of the new 16th Battalion buggy.
Here’s a list of the four I can account for. There are at least 10 new ones but only a few are in service. They are all 2014 Ford Explorer Police utilities.
Battalion 9 – B-577
Battalion 16 – B-579
Battalion 17 – B-580
Battalion 24 – B-584
Ford Explorer for Chicago Fire Department

New buggy for CFD Battalion 16 with Shop ID #B-579. Josh Boyajian photo

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