The reason that communities like ours primarily rely on volunteers is that the cost per call to sustain a department with paid personnel is often difficult to justify.
For instance, the average cost per call for the MCVFD is over $1,600, which includes things that most fire departments would not typically respond to, like minor accidents, vehicle unlocks, animal complaints, and disturbances. Were they only responded to fires, smoke alarms/investigations, and major accidents, the cost per call would be significantly higher. (See “FACTS About the MCVFD; What Every M-C Taxpayer Should Know)
With a population of around two thousand (2,000) and four salaried firefighters to man the station 7am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday, as the chart above demonstrates, our City’s commitment to funding public safety is truly extraordinary!
In fact, M-C has increased funding to the MCVFD significantly every year (47% increase in 2017, 91% increase in 2016, 101% increase in 2015, and 146% increase in 2014).
That’s why more than twenty-five percent of our budget is designated for fire protection services, which the City has traditionally paid out in one lump sum at the beginning of each calendar year. (See “FACTS About the MCVFD Contract“)
Despite this, the fire chief characterizes the M-C tax rate as “artificially low,” arguing that Royse City’s commitment to fire safety is far greater than M-C’s. However, when examining the facts, (SEE VIDEO BELOW), it’s an apples and oranges comparison, which further bolsters the argument that our city’s commitment to public safety is truly extraordinary.