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Support Madison County's Volunteer Fire Departments

 Support Madison County’s Volunteer Fire Departments

The Madison County Volunteer Fire Departments and the Madison County Board of County Commissioners are asking for the public’s support to raise the fire assessment to help the Volunteer Fire Services protect our homes and business.  Fire budgets have remained the same for over a decade, while equipment and supply costs have risen. Consequently, the volunteer departments have been unable to replace fire trucks, hoses and the protective gear they so desperately need. At this same time, the Florida Legislature cut the County’s fire budget approximately $68,000 by exempting agricultural land from fire assessment.  To overcome these challenges, we are asking for your support to increase individual assessments to help our volunteer departments.
Highlights of the six year fire budget Includes funds for:
1.    A Fire Coordinator Position
The Fire Coordinator will help assist all eight volunteer fire departments with the following:
·        Recruitment of Volunteers
·        Maintaining Records and Submit all Required Reports
·        Apply for and Manage Federal and State Grants
·        Organize Training Events
·        Procurement of Materials and Services
2.    Matching Grant Funds
To be eligible for Federal and State grants, the county has to provide 10% to 20% of the total purchase cost of the truck or equipment.  A line item has been placed in the budget to provide money to match.
3.    Training
Money has been included to train volunteers and existing county emergency medical services personnel for firefighting. Over the next 6 years, the county’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics will be training to assist the volunteer departments.
4.    Dual Certified Stipend
Money has been included to give emergency medical services personnel with fire certifications a stipend to assist the volunteer department during emergencies.

Madison County Fair Housing Notice


It is the policy of the Madison County Board of County Commissioners to promote, through fair, orderly and lawful procedure the opportunity for each person so desiring to obtain housing of such person's choice in the unincorporated area of the county without regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, familial status, marital status, handicap or age, and that, to that end, to prohibit discrimination in housing by any person.
The County Coordinator is authorized to implement the Madison County fair housing policy, as contained in Ordinance Number 92-44, as it may be amended, in accordance with state and federal laws. This ordinance is available for public inspection at the Board of County Commissioner’s Office, 2nd Floor, Courthouse Annex, 229 SW. Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida 32341, during normal business hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
A written complaint of any local fair housing discrimination should be made to the County Coordinator, P.O. Box 539, Madison, Florida 32341. The written complaint must be received within 45 days of the alleged occurrence. An investigation will be conducted within 30 days of receipt of the complaint and a determination of probable cause will be generated. If there is cause to believe discrimination took place, the County Coordinator will attempt to conciliate the parties.
Any aggrieved person may also file a fair housing discrimination complaint with the following State and/or Federal agencies:
Florida Commission on Human Relations
325 John Knox Road, Bldg. F., Suite 240
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4149
Toll-Free Telephone: 1-800-342-8170
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
Toll-Free Telephone: 1-800-424-8590
For further information, or to register a fair housing complaint, please contact Brian Kauffman, Madison County Coordinator/Fair Housing Administrator, at 850/973-3179.
Madison County is an Equal Opportunity Housing Agency

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