Finances to be focus of FACTS meeting

Information about the Mehlville Fire Protection District’s finances will be presented Wednesday, July 28, during a meeting of the district’s Fire District Advisory Committee for Tomorrow’s Emergency Services, or FACTS.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Simon the Apostle Church in the Ahrens’ Church Hall, 11011 Mueller Road, directly across the street from the fire district’s headquarters.

The Mehlville Fire Protection District’s tax rate of 90.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation is one of the lowest property tax rates in the area and more than 96 percent of the total annual revenue for the district’s general operating fund comes from these local property taxes.

During the FACTS meeting, district Comptroller Jeff Geisler will discuss how this money is used to provide quality emergency services to the community as he will present information about how the district is funded and give an overview of district expenditures.

After Geisler’s presentation, participants will have the opportunity to discuss, react and comment on possible scenarios that could resolve the financial challenges facing the district.

FACTS involves residents in developing recommendations that, upon implementation, will provide better emergency solutions for the entire community. The group is meeting two to three times a month to study key issues, define the district’s needs and reach consensus on potential solutions.

Areas being studied are the district’s finances, equipment, staffing, facilities and other topics decided by participants.

At the end of the process, participants will present recommendations to the district’s Board of Directors — Chairman Tom O’Driscoll, Treasurer Dan Ottoline Sr. and Secretary David Gralike — for consideration. Recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the board in August.

The entire community is invited to participate in the process.

More information is available by calling (314) 894-0420, Ext. 1716, or by e-mailing