Fire Protection District 7 Chairman Claude “Ricky” Roberts Jr. said the same three mills residents currently pay for fire protection will be rededicated under the parish’s recent reappraisals to pay for a second bonding issue.
The additional money will be used for a new engine room at the La. 182 fire station as well as at least one new fire truck. It will retire a 1985 engine that has reached the end of its life with the Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department, where it is not fiscally reasonable to repair the pump; but the working truck will be donated to a rural department in need, Roberts said.
The chairman also indicated the bonding issue is written for 20 years on the referendum, but the district’s intention is the pay it off in 15 years.