Sunset City Fire Department

Dear Citizens of Sunset City,

By now you may have either received a notice at your home or have seen on the evening news that Sunset City is weighing it options to either keep the Sunset Fire Department or request annexation into the North Davis Fire District. We would like to provide you with some information in regards to that decision.

Sunset's cost of the Fire Department as it is presently is $156,538 ($123,053 average revenue minus the fire dept. expense of $279,591= $156,538). The amount Sunset residents would need to pay is the difference between that total and what the District will be taxing the residents, which is approximately $169,067. Therefore the total estimated increase cost for the residents is $12,529 per year. There would be no increase in the near future for a new fire station, fire truck, etc., which will be needed if the Fire Department is kept. The estimated property tax stated is just that, an estimate based on 2016 home values and tax rate. It could be lower or higher by roughly 10%.

This year, the Fire Department requested for FY18 a budget of $565,425 for a Part-Time Department instead of the Volunteer Department it is now. The City realizes it cannot continue to expect the firefighters to do the job they are doing for the $2.00 or less an hour, which they are currently being paid. The only way this should occur is if it goes back to a Volunteer Fire Department being called in as needed, without an ambulance service because the ambulance service requires the station to be manned 24/7. Going to a Part-Time Department would require an increase of $285,830 which would mean a substantial tax increase to the residents of Sunset City.

Sunset City does not take this decision lightly and is taking all options into consideration to make the best possible decision for it residents.

We welcome you to give your input at the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m., just as we welcome you to all of our City Council meetings.

All agendas can be found on our website, www.sunset-ut.com, on our Facebook page, @sunsetcitycorporation or on the Utah Public Notice website, pmn.utah.gov. You can also find the written minutes as well as audio of all meetings on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Mayor Beverly Macfarlane - 801-784-7150
Council Member Chad Bangerter- 801-809-0652
Council Member Norm Noyes - 801-776-3393
Council Member Ricky Carlson- 801-825-9374
Council Member Scott Wiggill- 801-814-7705
Council Member Jake Peterson - 801-645-1717

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