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Two Manlius Fire District referendums approved

Special taxes sought to pay for ambulance service, related costs

MANLIUS — Residents of the Manlius Fire Protection District approved two measures Tuesday to raise tax rates to pay for a full-time ambulance service plus to provide for costs of emergency and rescue crews and equipment.

The first proposition passed, 238 to 115 (67.4 percent to 32.6 percent), while the second proposition passed, 245 to 108 (69.4 percent to 30.6 percent).

Sam Popejoy, president of the Manlius Fire Protection District board of trustees, said before the election that Manlius, Wyanet, Buda and Sheffield fire protection districts wanted to form a full-time ambulance district in western Bureau County.

With the passage of the referendums, Manlius will be guaranteed a full-time ambulance service 12 hours a day. Guaranteeing the availability of an ambulance is important with the Bureau Valley School District planning on housing junior high and high school students at the Manlius campus in the near future.

Don King of Manlius has indicated that he would give land at the intersection of routes 40 and 34 to put up a building for a full-time service for western Bureau County, Popejoy said.

That would mean the service would be only seven minutes from Manlius, Popejoy said.

The Manlius Fire Protection District’s current tax rate is 22 cents, which will now be raised to 40 cents.

The second proposition asked for a rate not to exceed .10 percent of the value of all taxable property within the district to provide funds to pay for the costs of emergency and rescue crews and equipment.

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