St. Louis County Fire Districts

Better Together says merger could save over $1 billion a year by 2032

Pictured above: Better Together Deputy Director of Community-Based Studies Marius Johnson-Malone, left, answers questions about the merger alongside Stenger, Krewson and Washinton University Chancellor Mark Wrighton at a press conference after the campaign kickoff. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The backers of a city-county merger for St. Louis County and city

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MFPD board sets 2017 tax rate; lowest in county for 12th year

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to establish a 2017 blended tax rate of 68.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation — the lowest in St. Louis County for the 12th consecutive year. The 2017 blended tax rate is 2.9 cents less than

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Study shows MFPD taxpayers would pay dearly for city-county merger

Letter to the Editor To the editor: I recently reviewed Better Together’s Fire Protection Study that proposes creating a single regional fire district. The study, if implemented, will require the merger of the 23 St. Louis County fire protection districts and 19 municipal departments with the city of St. Louis Fire Department. Moreover, it requires

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MFPD on cusp of changing how EMS service delivered

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville Fire Protection District is “on the cusp” of changing how emergency medical service is delivered, according to Chief Brian Hendricks. Since the beginning of the year, the Board of Directors has approved the hiring of 13 paramedics for the district’s new critical care paramedic program. Critical care

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