Eagle River community discusses expanding fire service area

ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- Eagle River residents living outside of the Anchorage Fire Service Area (AFSA) will be faced with a choice about fire service protection.

On the ballot, this April will be the option for Eagle River residents, outside of the fire service boundary area, to join the fire service area and pay the associated yearly tax increase or pay the potential bill to the municipality if a fire occurs.

Roughly 500 properties are not in the fire service area, according to the municipality.Click here to see the municipalities’ map of proposed FSA expansion.

Property owners would pay an average of $229 for each $100,000 of assessed property value, according to the municipality.

Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski said the cost of a fire for property owners outside of the AFSA could cost thousands.

Adding the Eagle River Valley area to AFSA can only become effective if voters within the AFSA approve.

The decision will be up to the voters on April 3rd during the municipal election.



 
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