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For next steps, the districts will work with the county clerk to file for an election on the matter, which will likely occur in early fall. Whether the consolidation is approved will be up to voters in those fire districts.
The changes to the districts would mostly be administrative,
"The two organizations operationally won't change much, but there is a very large benefit for our citizens because we can do more with less," Caughey said. "So, financially, we'll be able to streamline, which will free up revenue that then we can use to offset some of the deficiencies in both of our districts and to overcome challenges that we're facing."
The adjacent districts cover a significant portion of northwestern
The consolidation conversation began a few years ago, as the districts were completing their training together. The roughly 120 firefighters in the two districts would continue training together and responding to emergencies in their areas under this proposal, but Caughey said it would allow them to save on a larger insurance plan, instead of paying for two separate ones.
"Operationally, there'll be very limited changes," Caughey said.
According to the commissioners' resolution, the merger would result in more comprehensive fire protection for property owners within both districts, increase efficiency and decrease duplication of equipment without raising taxes.
If the proposal is ultimately approved by voters, both districts will give up their current identities and come together under the
"Our thought was that, down the road, if other districts wanted to merge in with us, that name would be all-encompassing," Caughey said.
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