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Townships seek more funding options for Glencoe rescue truck

A couple of townships served by the Glencoe Fire District asked for other funding options for their share of the cost of a proposed new rescue truck.
The rescue truck, which is replacing a vehicle bought in 1992-93, will cost $422,259. The city of Glencoe and the eight townships which have sections in the Glencoe Fire District, split the cost of fire service based on the building valuations of each entity. The townships which have sections in the Glencoe Fire District include Bergen, Glencoe, Hassan Valley, Sumter, Helen and Rich Valley townships in McLeod County, and Green Isle and New Auburn townships in Sibley County.
Under the proposed financing, the townships will fund their share — which amounts to 22.99 percent total — over the first two years of payments. That will amount to a total of $48,528.56 per year, and a total of $97,057.12 over 2018 and 2019. After that, the city will take over the payments, and pay its share over five years. The goal is to have the townships’ share pay for the down payment on the truck.
However, Glencoe Township in particular, which is facing a total cost of $33,597.28, or $16,798.64 for each of the first two years of financing, said it would have difficulty coming up with that funding.
Mike Keenan, a supervisor for Glencoe Township, asked why the townships can’t finance over five years, as the city is doing. He also said the township was unaware of what the final cost would be.
James Voigt, the assistant fire chief, said a range of potential costs had been presented to the townships in February, prior to their annual meetings in March, at which townships set their levies and budgets for 2018.

For more about the issue, see the Sept. 27 print edition of The Chronicle.