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Cahaba Valley Fire & EMR District 2021 Special Election

Change to service fee structure didn’t pass.
Cahaba Valley Fire Department
Cahaba Valley Fire Department(wbrc)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 8:13 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:09 AM CDT
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SHELBY Co., Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District 2021 held a special election on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The Board of Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District petitioned the court to hold an election for changes in the service rate schedule.

According to a post on the Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District Facebook page, the changes did not pass.

First and foremost we are appreciative of the overwhelming community support we experienced throughout the election...

Posted by Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Original:

Changes proposed in election:

  • The new petition keeps the 12 tier scale that is based on home value as assessed by the Shelby County Property Tax Commissioner’s Office. The rate increase is to be applied over two years. Year 1 (FY2022) will have a 35 percent increase followed by a 30 percent increase in year 2 (FY2023).
  • Commercial rates will increase by 20 percent.

According to the Cahaba Valley Fire District website, if passed, the funds will be used for:

  • Increase the number of duly certified firefighters and paramedics for the Narrows station and Mt Laurel station.
  • Improve response times and resource deployment by placing an additional engine company and ambulance in service.
  • Maintain present ISO rating, and actively pursue an improved rating.
  • Pursue accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and Commission on Accreditation to become an accredited professional organization meeting the diverse needs of a growing community.
  • Build a new fire station at Brook Highland Pkwy and Missionary Ridge.
  • Service and maintain existing firefighting equipment and upgrade as needed.
  • Service and maintain existing ambulance and pumper units and upgrade and purchase new units as required.

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