Crady and Pope; Check The Taxes

March 27, 2017

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Submitted by Keith Crady and Julie Pope

Together we have worked for the PFPD for many years. Keith for 33 yrs and Julie for 18 yrs. We've never had problems like this before. We have been trustworthy and truthful to the citizens of the district and have devoted many hours of our time for the betterment of the district.

A budget meeting was held on February 27th and everything was fine. Then Mike Fisk called another  special meeting for the budget on March 8th, knowing Keith was on vacation. Julie was not notified. Those attending were the Trustees, two candidates, and three  Lyndon firefighters. The minutes of this meeting are as follows:

 

 

As you can see, all cuts talked about went to the Prophetstown Fire Station. People have opinions on how the money should be spent, but the situation has escalated. Some Lyndon firefighters want to build the addition in Lyndon first ($250,000) add a pumper rescue ($450,000) and a pumper tender (approx.$300,000) over the next 13 years, a total cost of $1,000,000,000, which Keith feels is not warranted.

Some firefighters have an issue with Keith, because he's looking to do what's needed for the district and not what some firefighters want. This has led too these individuals wanting the removal of Keith  and Julie from the department. Keith and Julie have been making sure we get what the citizens of the district need and not what some firefighters want. Please note below the tax statements for the district.

 

 

Tax Year: 2015 Final Settlement Sheet Whiteside County

FPTN - PROPHETSTOWN FIRE

 

Current Year Taxes Due

Original Amount Due $258,694.43

 

+

Current Year Taxes Paid

Real Estate $257,209 .00

+

Supplements

$0.00

+

Railroad

$0.00

 

Cancellations

$352.19

+

Mobile Home

$424.32

 

Abatements/Refunds

$0.00

+

Misc. Adjustmen ts

$0.00

+

Mobile Home

$497.39

+

Prior Year Real Estate

$13.92

+/-

Road & Bridge Transfer

$0.00

+

Prior Year Mobile Home

$22.12

+

Misc. Adjustments

$0.00

+

Prior Year Misc.Adjust ments

$0.00

 

Adjusted Amount Due

$258,839.63

 

Abatements/Refunds

$0.00

+

Prior Year Real EstateTax

$13.92

 

Total Collected

$257,669.36

+

Prior Year Mobile Home Tax

$22.12

+

Hold Back

$0.00

+ Prior Year Misc. Adj ustments $0.00

+

County Trustee

$404.89

Total Amount Due $258,875.67

+

Forfeited Tax

$801.42

 

 

Total

$258,875.67

 

Distribution Summary

 

Tax Distribution Date

06/22/2016

Amount

$146, 190.19

07/22/2016

$13,673.93

08/22/2016

$8,430.37

09/22/2016

$82,769.33

10/20/2016

$3,741 .92

11/18/2016

$2,863.62

Totals:6 Distributions

$257,669.36

Interest Distribution Date

Amount

11/17/2016

$35.30

Totals:1Distributions

$35.30

Grand Totals:7 Distributions

$257,704.66

 

 

Fund Summary

 

 

 

Fund

 

Amount Collected

Previously Distributed

Current Amount

Distribution Available

PY Over

Interest Distrib

001 - Corporate

$148,913.04

$147,258.09

$1,654.95 $0.00

$20.40 $0.00

035 - Tort Fund

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00 $0.00

$0.00 $0.00

064 - Ambulance

$108, 756.32

$107,547.65

$1,208.67 $0.00

$14.90 $0.00

Totals

$257,669.36

$254,805.74

$2,863.62 $0.00

$35.30 $0.00

 

Taxing District FPTN - Prophetstown Fire

Total tax distribution for 2015 payable 2016 $257,669.36 Interest distribution of $35.30 not included in calculations

 

Total portion North of Rock River

$ 49,265.03

Fire Corporate portion 57.7923%

$ 28,471.40

Ambulance portion 42.2077%

$ 20,793.63

 

Total portion South of Rock River

$208,404.33

Fire Corporate portion 57.7923%

$120,441.65

Ambulance portion 42.2077%

$ 87,962.68

 

 

 

 

This proves we cannot afford what everyone wants, especially two trucks and an addition in Lyndon. This also shows we must prepare for the future, spend money wisely. The cost of equipment is going up about 15% a year and tax dollars do not.

It is possible that the district may not receive any more grant money. The district has written several grants and has received about $800,000 since 2003. If we do not receive further grants we may have to look at closing a station in the future. That is not a course we want to take, but costs and lack of volunteers may force us to take that action. The Tampico District closed the Yorktown station, but luckily the Amish took it over at no cost to Tampico tax payers. The Ambulance Service, housed in Prophetstown, and the Fire Department desperately need more space for the future.

We feel Brian Wilson, Bill Jacobs Sr., and Rick Woolums will do the best job at spending tax dollars.

Thank you,

Keith Crady, Julie Pope

p.s. Keith says as a tax payer in Lyndon I want to keep a fire truck in Lyndon

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