Progress as Promised

Spring 2014 update

March 6, 2014

Objectives of March 13, 2012 sales tax reallocation election [1]
1. enhance public safety
2. address infrastructure needed to support growth and protect the environment
3. improve leisure-time opportunities for residents
4. without increasing our tax rates

Fire Service Improvements

Objective #1

Fire Service - Capital
Project Cost Status Notes
Apparatus replacement $4.1 million completed 3 pumpers, 2 ladder, 1 Quint $200k under budget
Station 11 @ Chaffee Crossing $3.2 million completed on time, on budget
Remodel Stations 1 - 10 $1.2 million completed firefighter safety & service reliability - as budgeted


Fire Service Operations - Sales Tax
Project Cost Estimates Status Notes
Operating Costs - Station 11 $ 287,500 completed staffing, equipment, overhead
Fire Training Center Construction $1.15 million In design utilizing property at Fort Smith Landfill
Apparatus replacements $400,000 sinking fund established routine replacement of aging firefighting equipment
Aerial fire truck staffing $139,000 (2012) ongoing 3 person crew for each of 3 ladder trucks for firefighter safety
Firefighter equipment $190,000 completed meeting expanded operational requirements
Command staffing $51,000 (2012) ongoing 2 battalion chiefs on duty 24/7 improves safety & response
Training $50,000 (2013) ongoing new firefighters, firefighter safety, preparedness

  1. source: Progress as Promised: Fort Smith Sales Tax Election powerpoint, p. 13  ↩