STATEHOUSE – State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R- Martinsville) attended the groundbreaking on an addition being made to the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department in Bloomington on Friday.
This expansion was made possible in large part by legislation which Rep. Mayfield authored during the 2013 legislative session. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1215 expands the availability of loans available for fire protection districts to purchase firefighting equipment.
“This was one the first bills I authored during my freshman year in the Indiana General Assembly,” said Rep. Mayfield. “This was in direct response to constituents who approached me with a concern that first responders were facing financial obstacles when it came to keeping their neighborhoods safe and protected with the most adequate equipment and facilities.”
Previously, if a fire district was valued at $60 million, they could not get financed for more than six years. If they were valued at less than $60 million, they could get 15 year financing. By expanding the timeframe to 15 years, regardless of assessed value, fire districts are more likely to qualify for and accept a loan, thus benefitting their local communities.
In 2013, there were 14 fire districts in Indiana that met conditions for extended terms of payment based on assessed value. This legislation specifically helped those fire districts who have an assessed value of over $60 million by saving them tax dollars on projects. The Perry-Clear Creek Fire District in particular will save $350,000 on their current project to remodel a building near Lake Monroe. Local financing, contractors, sub-contractors and businesses will provide materials and services for the project. The total cost of the project will be $1,750,000, with no additional cost to taxpayers. The targeted completion date is December 16.
The Perry-Clear Creek Station 21 serves the southern portion of the township including a large section of Lake Monroe. They are also responsible for water rescues on the lake and are home to the force’s water rescue equipment.
“I want to thank the Perry-Clear Creek Station 21 for inviting me to their groundbreaking ceremony,” said Rep. Mayfield. “HEA 1215 was truly a bipartisan effort both in the House and Senate, and I want to recognize my colleagues, Reps. Matt Pierce and Eric Koch for helping me draft this legislation and work through the legislative process. It has truly been an honor to be a part of, and I am so pleased to see this legislation come to life for the public good.”