WALKER, La.— Livingston Parish voters in fire protection district four will vote Saturday, Nov. 21 on re-authorizing a $32 annual service fee to fund the fire protection, emergency medical, and public safety efforts of the district.
“This is not a new fee,” said LPFPD4 Fire Chief James Wascom, “it was first approved by voters in 1997 and then renewed in 2007. It has been collected every year since. Renewing the service fee will not increase property taxes.”
The measure is expected to generate approximately 30 percent of the total budget for LPFPD4.
“The monies support needed manpower, equipment modernization and facilities so that the department can continue its mission,” said Wascom. “The annual service fee provides a major portion of the department’s budget. It is needed to continue the current level of service.”
The work of LPFPD4 results in lower insurance rates for property owners. The independent Property Insurance Association of Louisiana sets fire ratings based on a fire department’s capabilities and performance. Better ratings result in lower insurance premiums.
“District four has maintained a Class 5 fire rating since 1998,” said Wascom. “We’ve worked diligently over the years to maintain that rating and help keep insurance premiums low. In the future, with the help of the community, we look forward to working to improve the fire rating.”
About Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4
Established in 1975, Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4 consists of paid-professional and volunteer firefighters who provide fire protection and life-saving first response for accidents and medical emergencies. LPFPD 4 is responsible for one of the largest and fastest growing geographic regions in Louisiana. The district encompasses approximately one-third of Livingston Parish, including the communities of Walker, Watson and Port Vincent; along with portions of Denham Springs and Satsuma. For more information, visit www.LPFPD4.com.