In 1994, more than 25 years ago, the community made the commitment to provide a reasonable retirement package to O’Fallon Fire Protection District firefighter/paramedic/EMTs by approving a pension fund. This is a separate fund that can only be used for fire district pensions. Since then, our community’s population has more than tripled, and our District has grown from 17 employees to 71 to keep the growing community safe.
In addition, the voter-approved pension tax rate has been rolled back 26%, due to the State’s Hancock Amendment.
Growth, state regulations and fluctuations in the economy have all reduced funding levels for our firefighters’ retirement program. Due to sound fiscal management, the District has been able to fund existing pension commitments without ever-increasing the rate. Unfortunately, this is no longer feasible, and the current pension funding level simply cannot support a community of our size.
This information was prepared and paid for by the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, 111 Laura K Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366, Thomas Vineyard, Chief. This information is intended solely to educate and inform residents about a question that will be before voters. It is not intended to advocate, support or oppose the passage or defeat of the measure. Each voter should vote for or against the question based on his or her own judgment.