JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) - The city of Jennings is asking voters to consider outsourcing fire services to the Riverview Fire Protection District.
Voters will head to the polls on August 5th for a measure the mayor says needs to be passed.
“We’re balancing our budget on reserves right now and reserves don’t last forever,” said Jennings Mayor Benjamin Stutphin.
The mayor says the plan will save his city approximately $700,000 a year by shifting the fire duties to Riverview. The flip side is Jennings citizens will be pay more. The city estimates the average home in Jennings is worth $50,000. If Prop R passes, the city says a person owning a home worth $50,000 would pay an additional $237.50 a year.
The city held a forum Tuesday night at city hall. Some citizens spoke against the outsourcing. Some had concerns over their property taxes increasing.
Others questioned whether the city’s financial status was as dire as the mayor claims.
A second forum will be held at city hall Saturday at 10 am.