Sedona AZ (February 24, 2017) – Sedona Fire District (SFD) Governing Board established a Citizens’ Advisory Committee to explore funding options for infrastructure/capital projects including the possibility of a General Obligation Bond. After soliciting for community members, SFD received 7 applications and appointed 6 members (as 1 candidate had personal scheduling conflicts and dropped out). This committee will work over the next 2 ½ months to develop a written recommendation to present to the Governing Board at its May 17, 2017 public meeting. All committee meetings are open to the public and subject to Arizona Open Meeting Laws; we welcome community participation. The meeting schedule is listed below and meetings will be held at Fire Station 1, 2860 Southwest Drive in West Sedona. Agendas will be posted at least 24 hours prior to meetings and will be posted on SFD’s website at www.SedonaFire.org.
Schedule of Meetings for SFD Citizens’ Advisory Committee:
- Tuesday, March 7th – 9:00 AM (This meeting will include a tour of current station facilities.)
- Thursday, March 16th – 9:00 AM
- Monday, March 27th – 1:00 PM
- Monday, April 3rd – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday, April 11th – 1:00 PM
- Monday, April 17th – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday, April 25th – 9:00 AM
- Tuesday, May 2nd – 9:00 AM
- Monday, May 8th – 1:00 PM
- Thursday, May 11th – 9:00 AM (If needed)
- Monday, May 15th – 1:00 PM (If needed)
Although Sedona Fire District funding includes revenue from ambulance services, fire prevention, and other fees, grants, and wildland billing, our primary source of revenue is tax levy. That levy is determined by a fairly simple mathematical formula and is governed and capped by legislation.
For 60 years, SFD has been part of this community; we strive to provide efficient, sustainable emergency services to the 20,000+ people who call the Sedona area home and are responsible for providing services to millions of visitors who pass through, recreate, and stay in Sedona’s tourist destination. We are challenged by topography, natural resources, and limited roadway infrastructure in our response district. Annually, SFD handles about 4,400 emergency incidents, provides inspections to businesses, completes construction plan reviews, provides public education to children and adults, and many other functions. We accomplish this with 5 staffed stations placed throughout 168 square miles of Fire District and 274 square miles of EMS district with 90 professional personnel.
We are now faced with an opportunity to consider how we will fund our short and long term, infrastructure and capital needs – some of which have been identified as needing attention for more than 2 decades. Identifying the true needs of the district and determining the best options for SFD is the primary purpose of developing this Citizens’ Advisory Committee. The final decision rests with the elected Governing Board and if a Bond is ultimately recommended, the voters will have the final say in whether they would like to utilize a bond to fund the infrastructure and capital emergency response needs. For more information about the committee meetings, please contact Executive Assistant Tricia Greer at email@example.com or call 928-204-8909.