March 19, 2022
The Jackson County South Fire Protection District and its Board of Directors will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on March 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the upcoming construction of a new Fire Station No. 3. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at 1101 SW Wyatt Road, Blue Springs, MO.
Site preparation will begin in the coming weeks and construction of the 8,700 square foot station will begin once site preparation is complete. The new station will have two drive-in bays with additional bunk rooms and work space.
The southern portion of Blue Springs served by the Southern Jackson County DPF has grown tremendously over the past few decades, and it’s not slowing down! The new state-of-the-art facility will provide much-needed space for crews and a new ladder truck and ambulance will be added to the existing unit to help meet the increased demand for service and provide faster response time in a part already occupied. of our neighborhood.
The construction of this station was an important part of the consolidation effort that voters approved in August 2020. The land below the station was provided through an agreement/partnership with the City of Blue Springs. When complete in late 2022, the new station will provide a modern facility to help serve all of southern Jackson County FPD, including the rapidly developing southern portion of Blue Springs.
We ask our voters to support us in the municipal election on April 5, 2022 to reaffirm the tax levy which we believe will be maintained at the rates previously approved by voters. These rates are $0.7400 for general revenue and $0.3000 for ambulance revenue. To our surprise, when tax rates were set by the state auditor in September 2021, the district was not allowed to collect voter-approved rates based on the auditor’s interpretation. of State consolidation law. His decision resulted in the district receiving $539,000 less in taxes than when dealing with two separate fire districts – Prairie Township and Lotawana.
The reaffirmation of voter-approved tax rates, as planned during consolidation, will continue the process of improving our service to voters by allowing the hiring of firefighters to staff the new station on Wyatt Road, and in the future, staffing an additional station in the southern part of the district in the very near future.
This effort has the support of your local South Jackson County Fire Department and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3133.
If any of our citizens have any questions, please contact Chief Bill Large at 816.525.4200 during regular business hours (MF 8am-5pm).
Thank you for your consideration as we strive to provide the citizens of our community with the best possible service in the future.
Bill Large, Fire Chief