July 20, 2015
The reason for the JCWSA ‘hydrant tax’ or Fire Tax District is because the areas where the JCWSA water lines run supposedly have better fire protection, lower ISO ratings, and lower insurance premiums because of the hydrants, and those hydrants need to be maintained.
But what if there isn’t any real fire protection in the area? Take for instance Alcovy North. This map shows many of the parcels in that area subject to the hydrant tax. The red parcel marks the fire station location.
The Alcovy North Fire Station used to be maintained when it was used for a voting precinct. As a cost cutting measure, that station as well as one or two others, were done away with as voting precincts. The words “used to” are used because based on reports we have received Alcovy North (Station 6), no longer has a fire truck housed at the station. Their old fire truck has been down at Station 3 (Hwy 212 W) for quite some time.
The station itself seems to be abandoned. A report from a citizen that lives nearby states, “There is nothing but junk and trash in the building that I can see into. There is no evidence of anyone being there lately, but the grass is fairly well kept. The only thing of any value that I saw was that someone was keeping their Jon Boat in there.”
Maybe Alcovy North will get that new pumper truck that is being bid on again. At least that way the ‘hydrant tax’ would make more sense for the people in that area.
Your comments are welcome!