Hillsboro Fire Protection District hopes this tax increase issue can pass

(Hillsboro) The Hillsboro Fire Protection District is hoping the “fourth” time is a charm as they are asking their voters to approve a tax increase proposition on the April election ballot. Hillsboro applied for a grant a few years ago, because their staffing was considered sub-par for the amount of miles they cover as well as the population. Hillsboro Fire Chief Brian Gaudet says the district received that federal grant to help with their short staffing.

Chief Gaudet says the funds generated from the tax increase will be used to keep their staffing and nothing else.

Proposition Full Time Firefighters will cost the voters around 100 hundred dollars a year for a home worth around 150-thousand dollars. If the issue fails, it’s likely to cause home owners insurance premiums to rise well above where is currently sits. It will need a simple majority to pass on election day next Tuesday.