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City of Nampa

Posted on: February 22, 2021

SB1108 Impact to Nampa's Public Safety

Joint Press Release City of Nampa and Nampa Fire Protection District

On January 1, 2021, the Nampa Fire Protection District annexed the area within the City of Nampa into the Fire District. This annexation was agreed to by the Nampa City Council and the Fire District Commissioners because, after extensive study, it was determined that the annexation would result in operational efficiencies that will translate to lower taxes while providing the same or better service.

The Idaho State Senate will vote as early as February 23, 2021 on SB1108. SB1108 will have the following impact on Nampa residents:

  • SB1108 leaves the Nampa Fire District with only a fraction of the funds required to provide fire and EMS to the citizens of Nampa in 2022. 
  • SB1108 will likely result in the closure of Nampa fire stations.
  • SB1108 will result in the furlough of Nampa firefighters.
  • SB1108 could result in the collapse of the Nampa Fire Department in 2022.
  • SB1108 will likely result in higher property insurance rates due to longer response times and significantly reduced fire protection. 
  • Because of SB1108, when the residents of Nampa call 911, they will likely have to wait for a fire engine to arrive from Meridian, Caldwell or Kuna.
  • SB1108 would devastate economic development because investment in our community is unlikely if we have inadequate fire protection. 
  • SB1108 shifts property tax burdens from new growth to existing residential and commercial tax payers.
  • Under Idaho law, this annexation cannot be reversed in a time or manner that avoids these negative consequences. 
  • SB1108 should not be approved by the Senate

 

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