CAHABA VALLEY, Ala. (WIAT) — An effort to increase dues in the Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District has failed overwhelmingly.
An election was held Tuesday to consider the proposed changes to the district’s fee schedule.
473 residents voted for the increase (38%) while 771 voted against it (62%).
The changes would have led to an increase of about 75 percent by 2023 for most of the district’s residents. Those with the lowest home values in the district (below $100,000) would have seen an increase of just over 80 percent in the same time frame.
The fire chief told CBS 42’s Katherine Mozzone after the vote that the people have been heard, calling turnout at Tuesday’s election impressive.
Officials with the district said the money would have been used to increase staffing, build a fire station, and reduce the time it takes to respond to calls.
“First and foremost we are appreciative of the overwhelming community support we experienced throughout the election process. It was great to see our residents so involved and passionate about the proposal on both sides. We are honored to serve everyone. Our objective from the outset was to present a plan to the community to address service improvements for them and let them decide the direction forward. After the polls closed, the vote to change our service fee structure to support service improvements did not pass.
Again, we want to thank the community for their support and we look forward to continuing to serve the community.”Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District’s Twitter account