NCF donates to fire departments, museum

August 12, 2011

The Nolan County Foundation Board announced the awarding of six $2,000 grants to each of the Nolan County fire departments and a $10,000 challenge grant to the Pioneer City-County Museum. Shown above are Homer Taylor (far left) and Glenn Bennett (far right) with the Nolan County Foundation presenting Kent Boatright (center), Chairman of the City-County Pioneer Museum with a $2,000 check. (Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez)

Members of the Nolan County Foundation Board announced the awarding of six $2,000 grants to each of the Nolan County fire departments and a $10,000 challenge grant to the Pioneer City-County Museum. According to Jerry Riggs, President of the NCF, the awards are a part of a continuing program for the NCF to recognize worthwhile projects that will benefit all of Nolan County.
The six fire departments include Blackwell Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department, Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department, Sweetwater Fire Department, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department and the Nolan Volunteer Fire Department.
Riggs continued that the NCF recognized the sizeable efforts expended by each of the fire departments in fighting the several large fires that have recently occurred in Nolan County.
Also included in the current round of awards from the NCF was a challenge grant for the Pioneer City-County Museum to be used for repairs needed to the building located at 610 East Third Street in Sweetwater.
Members of the NCF are now preparing criteria for future awards cycles as the Foundation continues to grow.
Riggs concluded that the current awards are in addition to the thirty $1,000 scholarships that were awarded to Nolan County spring graduates who plan to attend Texas colleges/universities this fall. Since the program was initiated seven years ago, the NCF has awarded $136,000 in scholarships.
Serving with Riggs on the NCF Board are J.V. Martin, Ronnie Cox, Rod Wetsel, Bill Johnson, Ronald Williams, Tom Rees, Jr., Caroline Lawrence, Jan Smith, John Jay and Homer Taylor, executive director and advisory director Jacque McCoy.

Comments

Not alone

August 15, 2011 by Common Sense (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 211

The City doesn't fund emergency services alone; Nolan County receives a monthly bill for its "share" of ambulance, salaries and equipment for the fire department. This isn't based on out of city calls, just the percentage the county is called on to carry.

Lost Donation

August 15, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 210

As a taxpayer in Sweetwater, I say thanks for the donation however small and even if it didn't go directly into the fire departments budget. In next years budget the city is projected to spend 1.1 million dollars to provide fire service for the entire county. The property taxes we pay will only raise 1.5 million. Provision of fire service to the entire county consumes the equilivant of 34 cents of the 48 cent tax rate. Factor in the city's portion of EMS and close to 44 cents of the 48 cent tax rate is consumed providing fire and EMS to the entire county. If it weren't for sales tax revenue the city couldn't afford to man its police department. As an overburdened taxpayer who is carrying the tax load to fight the county's wildfires I say any help is appreciated but if anyone really wants to help consider the creation of a county wide emergency services district. This approach would spread the burden county wide and let the wind turbines help pay the bill. We could fund both the fire and EMS departments at the current level with a 6 to 8 cent county wide tax.

Paying their share

August 16, 2011 by Common Sense (not verified), 3 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 213

The Commissioners Court cuts a check to the City every month for "their share" of the city fire and ambulance expenses. This is not, as I understand it, based on runs out of the city limits, but rather is a percentage of the total costs to the city. The city tax payers aren't paying it alone!

Enqually paying their share

August 17, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 3 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 214

The county pays half of the shortfall of the EMS service (projected to be $700,000 this year) and makes no payment for fire protection. Per an interlocal agreement that dates back about 25 years, the county provides jail services to the city in exchange for county wide fire service. So county residents get fire protection but only pay taxes to fund the jail and city residents get jail services (which by the way is a county defined function, anyone arrested for anything other than a class C misdemeanor is a state jail prisoner and hense the responsiblity of the county)and pay city taxes to fund the fire department and county taxes to fund the jail.
A county taxpayers share of the EMS shortfall consumes about 2 cents of their property tax burden.
Sweetwater taxpayers share of the EMS shortfall plus the fire department consumes about 44 cents of their property tax burden.
If you live in Roscoe, it consumes 12 cents. Anyone living at Santa Fe or South View additions get the same city services from EMS and fire but pay next to nothing.
Something to keep in mind. City taxpayers are also county taxpayers so anytime the county and city splint the expense of anything, a city tax payer gets to pay twice.
By the way, the donation from the NCF did not go into the general fund. It went to the Firefighters Union Flower Fund. I didn't make that up, I called city hall and checked.

Donation Lost

August 12, 2011 by ConcernedCitizen (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 209

The residents of Sweetwater, and more importantly, those on the NCF board need to realize that the money donated to the "Sweetwater Fire Department" went directly into the City of Sweetwater general fund. While it makes for a nice headline, that $2,000 is probably going to new tar and gravel for our neighborhood streets, or something else non-related.

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